Revolution is Costly
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Revolution is costly.
Selling EVERYTHING for the “PEARL OF GREAT PRICE” requires great sacrifice of “comforts”—the loss of life and esteem and time and possessions and preferences and much more. And, in a perplexing sort of way, over time and in prayer we realize that those sacrifices are not necessarily rewarded on the same level that the price was paid. In business, you “spend money to make money.” Not so in God’s Economy. Think about the picture Jesus gave us: The PEARL is an entirely different kind of “very great reward” than those things which were sold to acquire that Pearl of great price.
To untrained and self-indulgent religious “Esau’s” the Pearl will seem like a foolish acquisition at such a high “price,” since it cannot be eaten or played with or bring stimulation or external gratification. It’s just “one thing.” The reward of selling everything for the Pearl... the reward is on an entirely different level than that level on which the price was paid to attain the Pearl. Esau, the strong flesh of man in religion, will never accept being “unrewarded” on the same level at which he made the “sacrifices.” He’ll, instead, start a false religion, “co-pastoring” with the “rich young ruler,” where he can have and offer an acceptable substitute for the masses, and acquire esteem and power and money in the name of religion, while offering a product that costs the masses little more than attendance, and paying weekly “dues” to “belong.”
Understand this: Revolution is costly. Alternatives are plentiful for “itching ears,” saith the Lord. “Name brand” credibility and glitz, and sentimental appeal, are as close as the television dial, or a short drive for a sunday ceremony or show, whether in a living room or ediface. A costless “masquerade” is convincing to anyone who wants to be convinced, for reasons of their own.
Revolution is costly. The Real thing, that which JESUS is truly a part of, will and must cost you everything, “even to the point of death” (Rev.12:11, Luke 9:23-27, 57-62). It is a revolution against both the religious and pagan culture of fallen man, as well as against satan and his principalities and powers. Jesus was clear on this matter, and demonstrated it to its end result, in the lies and opposition and His murder.
“And, if they do these things when the Tree is green, what will happen when it is matured?” (Luke 23:28-31)
For this reason Revolution is always opposed and mocked—by those with the most to lose. Paul, the apostle, taught us that “the child born of flesh will always rise up to persecute the child born of the Spirit. It is the same now.”
Tolstoy is quoted, in a book on Chaos Theory, and in a chapter entitled, “Revolution,” having made this observation, even with the natural man’s eye:
“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”
Jesus, Himself, experiencing this, was clear in trumpeting Truth regarding the source of His opposition, also.
“The stone the BUILDERS have rejected that has become the Chief Cornerstone.”
Revolution is costly.
Woe to you if all men speak well of you. It’s not the Real Thing if they do. : )
But, ohhhhhh! ALL for that PEARL!!!
Raised from death, and ALIVE forever more. : )