cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost
with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a
circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.
please, Mommy. Can
I have them? Please,
Mommy, please!" Quickly
the mother checked the back of the little foil box and
then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her
little girl's upturned face. "A
That's almost $2.00.
If you really want them, I'll think of some
extra chores for you and in no time you can save
enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another
crisp dollar bill from Grandma."
soon as Jenny got home she emptied her penny bank and
counted out 17 pennies.
After dinner, she did more that her share of
also picked dandelions out of her neighbor’s yard
for ten cents. On
her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar
bill, and at last she had enough money to buy the
loved her pearls... They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere -- Sunday school, kindergarten, even
to bed. The
only time she took them off was when she went swimming
or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.
had a very loving father... and every night when she was
ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and
come upstairs to read her a story.
One night when he finished the story, he asked
Jenny, "Do you love me?" "Oh
yes, Daddy. You
know that I love you." "Then
give me your pearls." "Oh,
Daddy, NOT my pearls. But you can have Princess, the white horse from my
one with the pink tail.
The one you gave me.
She's my favorite." "That's
okay, honey. Daddy
loves you. Good
he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
a week later, after story time, Jenny's father asked
again, "Do you love me?" "Daddy,
you KNOW I love you." "Then
give me your pearls." "Oh,
Daddy, NOT my pearls. But you can have my baby doll.
The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that
matches her sleeper." "That's
bless you, little one.
Daddy loves you."
And as always, he brushed her cheek with a
few nights later when her father came in, Jenny was
sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style.
As he came close, he noticed her chin was
trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek. "What is it, Jenny?
What's the matter?" Jenny
didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to
her father. And
when she opened it, there was her little pearl
a little quiver, she finally said, "Here, Daddy.
It's for you."
With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's
kind father reached out with one hand to take the
dime-store necklace, and with the OTHER hand he
reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet
case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to
had had them all the time.
He was just waiting for her to GIVE UP the
dime-store stuff so he could give her GENUINE treasure!
are a lot of faux (fake) pearls in the world today,
but there is ONLY ONE
Pearl of GREAT
price, there's ONLY ONE genuine treasure.
That treasure is:
The Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus
said, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a
merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had
found ONE pearl of GREAT
price, went and sold ALL that he had and bought
it" (Matthew 13:45-46).
You may become a part
of this kingdom IF you will LET GO of the sinful, temporal
things you have been clinging to (that’s
submit to the King, Jesus Christ, by trusting Him
(Hebrews 11:6), confessing Him before men (Romans
10:9-10), and being baptized in His name for the
forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38).
If you will CONTINUE to cling to the Pearl
price through your faithfulness to the King, it
will always be yours to enjoy.
MUST be willing to LET GO of those
things, which we cannot keep, in order to gain that
which we can never lose!
Is there anything that you're hanging on to that is
keeping you from receiving the Pearl of GREAT
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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