It is said there is a pearl of great price in Jesus’ parables. Something so valuable that the seeker would set aside everything to find it. I wonder what would happen if the people that found that pearl set up organizations, creeds and confessions dedicated to that pearl. What if the passage of time caused an inevitable drift and people eventually lost sight of the pearl. Would the honest seekers ever have to choose between the pearl and the organization, their friends and even their mentors?
My thoughts stray to Jesus’ words:
Mat 10:32 "Whoever, then, acknowledges me before people, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven.
Mat 10:34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,
Mat 10:36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.
Mat 10:37 "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it.