Matthew 13:44-46 (CEB)

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure that somebody hid in a field, which someone else found and covered up. Full of joy, the finder sold everything and bought that field.

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. 46 When he found one very precious pearl, he went and sold all that he owned and bought it.


If you were to imagine the “kingdom of heaven” what metaphor would you use? In both scripture metaphors, the focus moves between the person/the finder and the treasure itself. Both of the “finders” don’t just pay a fair price for the treasure they have discovered. They spend every penny they have! The treasure they discovered to them was “priceless!”

Master Card “Priceless” marketing campaigns have been with us since 1997. Long before memes and viral videos, Master Card successfully captured people’s imagination with commercial spots that would end with ‘There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s Mastercard.’

Today, as we ask, “What’s the most treasured Christmas gift?” the answer comes back to us not as a toy or a piece of clothing, etc. We hear the answer is “an experience!” People long to spend time with their loved ones – time is something that money can’t buy. It a gift that’s truly “priceless.”

By Kathleen Stolz

For Pondering & Prayer

What has been your most memorable and “priceless” gift? Why was it so special?

There is no price we can place on God’s eternal peace. All God asks is that we do our best. It’s unbelievable to us that God doesn’t expect any payment other than saying “I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better next time.” How would you explain this to someone in your family? Will you try?