Have you ever felt worthless? Unless you’ve lived a totally amazing, exceptional life, we’d be lying if we said no. That’s the sad truth! And feeling worthless can hurt us by dampening our spirit. Like a turtle (as in the picture of above), we want to crawl back into our shell so no one will notice our so-called “worthlessness”. But, then again, there are times when we misunderstand the phrase. Sure, we feel worthless from time to time in our lives. But the key word is that we feel worthless. The truth is, we are never worthless! Although certain events or things people say may make you feel that way, or even if it seems like nobody thinks you have any worth, someone does.
That someone is God.
Matthew 13 contains many parables. I would like to share two very short ones. It is Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV), called the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl. (This is Jesus speaking, telling the parable)
“‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
“‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.'”
Okay, I can guess what you’re thinking. What does this have to do with me? Some guy looking for a hidden treasure and a pearl. Then he makes himself broke just to get it! What’s the point?
I tell you the truth when I say this has a huge point. You see, parables are stories. They are not exactly as they are told. There was no man or merchant, and no hidden treasure or pearl. However, both the merchant and the man represent something, as do the treasure and the pearl.
1. The man and the merchant represent Jesus.
2. The hidden treasure and the fine pearl represent us.
3. So this is what the story is saying. Jesus is looking for a treasure/pearl. You can imagine, it would not be easy to find a hidden treasure, obviously. Also, it would be no easy task to find the perfect pearl. However, Jesus put the time and the effort into finding us (remember, we represent the treasure and the pearl). Isn’t that cool?! Not only that, but when He found what He was looking for, He sold everything He had to get it! And that it was happened! Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice: His life.
Remember, the story describes us as a treasure and a pearl. One of the definitions of treasure is “any thing or person that is greatly valued or highly prized”. And in the story, the pearl was described as “one of great value”. That is talking about us! When we are of great value to God Himself, how is it possible that we are worthless?
The answer is this: it is not possible. We are never, ever worthless. Even if we have gone down the wrong path at times in our life, God loves us, values us, and cares about us anyway! We are of great value. God treasures us greatly. Isn’t that amazing?!