What's it worth?

Week beginning: 8th April, 2018 | By Jon Hyde | London

"Again, 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 13:45-46 (NIV)

We rightly talk to clients a lot in civil litigation about cost-benefit analysis. We compare the amount in dispute to the costs of carrying on, in light of the chances of success. If there are good prospects, and it will cost less to fight than is at stake, we often plough on. But if the costs will outweigh the damages, then even with reasonable prospects we'll encourage the client to think hard about settling quickly. It's just not worth the money to carry on.

In this short parable Jesus tells of a sophisticated businessman, perhaps not unlike some of our clients, who did his own cost-benefit analysis. He desperately wanted fine pearls, and when he found one with great value he sold everything he had to buy it. He weighed up the cost of what he would have to sell to buy the pearl, and happily paid it for what he would gain.

Jesus likens God's kingdom to that fine pearl of such value. However, day-to-day there is plenty around us in our legal work that can seem more valuable – what we're paid, our career, who our clients are, what our peers think of us, how successful we seem. These things do have a value, but it will always be less than the value of knowing and following God. What is that worth to you?

Prayer Points:

1. Take a moment to reflect again on God's majesty and holiness, and His awesome love for us. Let's give Him the rightful place ahead of everything else that's going on for us this week.

2. Pray for God's perspective on all that you face this week, that you would know Him close to you in it, and that you would follow Him in all that you do.