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The Jeweler’s Choice

The Jeweler’s Choice

Ocean view is the most valuable phrase in the English language and possibly in every other language. Wallace J. Nichols makes that suggestion in Blue Mind, his work about our connection with water and the benefits it imparts. His book looks at the science behind why being near, in, on, or under water does so much for our health: spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Many of us feel drawn to the water, and normally we are willing to pay to be there. Nichols shares an example from real estate. In Del Mar, CA, he came across a one-story, 800-square-foot house on the beach, with nearly no space between it and the houses on either side. It would most likely need to be demolished. The asking price in 2003 dollars was $6.3M. To further drive home his point, he cited a piece of property in East Hampton, NY, that was 1 foot wide and 1,885 feet long; it sold for $120,000! Yeah, you read that right: $120,000.

Some people would see that as money well spent, and some would think it was slightly crazy…or maybe more than slightly. The value of beauty…or an ocean view…is in the eye of the beholder. We all know something is only worth what someone is willing to pay to pay for it. Determining what we should value can be a challenge with all that the world offers, but we are not called to listen to the world.

Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a pearl in Matthew 13:45-46. I love that story because Jesus tells us it was not a farmer or shepherd or fisherman who found the pearl; it was a jeweler. It was someone who knew the difference between pearls of lesser value and pearls of great value. He found “one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Amen!

Jesus did not say, It would be great if the Kingdom of Heaven was like that. Jesus said, It is like that. That is the Gospel. That is why He came. That is what God wants for us.

Jesus had nothing of value to the world, but He had the most valuable thing there is: access to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is humbling for us to think about which one we are chasing after—the world’s valuables or God’s. If we sell all that we have for things of the world, we will not find the Kingdom of Heaven. We cannot have both. We cannot give everything we have to two different masters; it is not possible.

We may not be jewelers, but we know what is valuable. Jesus is calling us to sell out for Him: to give all that we have and all that we are to Him. What is keeping us from being that merchant? We cannot have it both ways, and there is no time to delay. God wants us to pick Jesus, and we know that He is the only way to life—here and for eternity.

Blessings to you,

Joe

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