You had to go deep into God to obtain those spiritual treasures. That is why Jesus said, “neither cast ye your pearls before swine…” Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:6 that we shouldn’t waste our time, energy, or money or put too much thought into honoring individuals who don’t even care about what we are doing for them. Jesus uses the example of “swine” or “pigs” to describe this category of people who couldn’t care less about what you are trying to tell them. He urges us not to take something that has been forged through one’s process and present it before people who don’t honor your process.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Like that in the Spirit, the principle of process works also in the physical realm. Pearls differ one from another not so much in where they come from but what they have been through. The greater the degree of intensity of the process upon an oyster, the more valuable the pearl it produces.
PEARLS are balls of calcium carbonate, created in the form of lustrous nacre around a nucleus which is irritating an oyster. Contrary to popular belief, pearls hardly ever result from the intrusion of a grain of sand into an oyster's shell.
Instead, a pearl forms when an irritant such as a wayward food particle becomes trapped in the mollusk. Pearls are not easily found. To obtain the richest and most beautiful pearls, a diver must dive again and again. Then after lifting the shells from the sea floor, he must force open the mouth of each shell and dig through the tough meat of the muscle, poking and searching for the tiny white pearl that was formed over a long period of time. These pearls are precious, rare, valuable, and hard to obtain.
This is how you should view the things God has done in your life. You can’t put a price on what you have learned through your life experiences as you’ve walked with Him. Like precious pearls, those life lessons are inestimable in their value because they cost you something. They weren’t the result of shallow swimming.
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