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. (Matthew 13:45 KJV)
The pearl is an especially appropriate figure for the kingdom….because it is the only gem that cannot be improved by man. All other jewels must be cut and polished by skilled craftsmen before they have retail value as gemstones. But a pearl is perfect when it is found and it cannot be improved by cutting and polishing. In fact, one cut from a human hand … and a pearl is worthless. When the merchant found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
People who become part of God’s heavenly kingdom must be willing to give up everything that could hinder, their relationship with
God or prevent them from accomplishing his purpose for them. Jesus in no way suggests that we can earn a place in his kingdom with money or good works.
Jesus is telling us that that the kingdom must be our absolute highest priority. “Selling all” means that we must transfer our whole heart from interests to the one supreme interest — that is Christ.