Find what you’re looking for - Thought for the week with Rev. Ian McLachlan

Throughout his mission to the world, Jesus spent his time preaching, teaching and healing people.

Jesus often used parables – stories from everyday life with a special religious meaning to them. He did this to help his audiences understand important truths about God and about how they should live their lives. Some of the best known parables include – The Lost Son, The Good Samaritan, The Sower and The Talents.

In addition, Jesus also told some very short parables –which are not perhaps quite so well known. Among them is the parable of the pearl, from Matthew’s gospel. Jesus talked about a man who was looking for fine pearls.

He finally found one which was extra special. He was then prepared to sell everything that he had, in order to obtain that one pearl. In other words instead of having lots of average pearls, the man was willing to concentrate all his money and attention on that one rather special pearl.

But what does this parable mean?

What message was Jesus trying to convey with his words? It can of course be interpreted in several ways but I feel that what Jesus hoped that his listeners would take from it, is that there should be something important above everything else in a person’s life. And that special and unique thing should be their faith. Most people spend a lot of time searching for a meaning to their lives. And many people do find a range of things which makes them happy for at least some time - but not completely.

However there is a faith out there which if people decide to embrace completely, will mean that at last, they will have found what they have been looking for all their lives. And it will give them everything that they need.