Pearl of Great Price

Dennis Bailey Dennis Bailey

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

As bad as television is (and getting worse all the time), occasionally a verse or two of Scripture gets quoted during a broadcast. I first heard the one above on an episode of the original Star Trek series entitled “The Empath.” In it, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy arrive at a doomed planet to find a beautiful, mute woman with remarkable empathic healing powers who they name “Gem.” To make a long story short, Gem saves Kirk and McCoy from the sadistic torturing of the planet’s alien occupants, and in the process wins salvation for her own planet. The Scripture reference comes at the very end of the episode when, upon the trio’s return to the Enterprise, Mr. Scott cites this passage from the Gospel of Matthew in referring to Gem.

Do you have a “pearl of great price,” something that is of such value to you that you’d be willing to give up almost anything to attain it? Not necessarily something materialistic, but an ideal, a hope, a dream? If so, and as long as it doesn’t become an obsession, I strongly encourage you to pursue it. After all, this Scripture is as much a metaphor for following your dream as anything else.

Of course, for we Christians, our pearl of greatest price is Jesus.