Reading: “One pearl of great price”—Matthew 13:46

Great indeed, and only one!—for salvation is in no other; neither is there any other name under heaven given among men whereby we can be saved. My soul, have you considered Jesus in this precious point of view? Have you beheld him both in His divine and human nature, how unspeakably glorious in Himself, and how enriching to the souls of His people?

Are you, my soul, a spiritual merchantman, seeking goodly pearls? And is Jesus the one, the only one, costly, precious, and so infinitely desirable in your eye, that you are willing to sell all for? Would you part with millions of worlds rather than lose Christ?

Have you found Him in the field of His scripture, and ask how shall I buy? Listen to His own most gracious words: “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich” (Revelation 3:18). Yes, generous Lord! I am come to buy—without money and without price. For well I know, through your Word that neither the obedience of men or angels can purchase the least title, but your own precious merits and atoning blood. And now, Lord, if I have you, I possess all things; and will give up all beside, and part with all, and forget all, since Jesus is mine, and I am His, in time and to all eternity.

“I resolve to endeavor to my utmost to act and think as if I had already seen the happiness of heaven and the torments of hell.” —Jonathan Edwards   

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.