“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The Bible references pearls on a couple of different occasions. So, it would make sense for us to put some thought into why this particular gem is referenced and why it is unique.
Have you ever wondered how a pearl is formed? All other precious gems are extracted and refined from the earth, but not this one. This particular gem comes from a living creature, an oyster. An oyster is minding his own business when an irritation, like a piece of sand, enters between what is called the mantle and the shell (his mouth). It’s kind of like the oyster getting a splinter and he’s pretty insistent on getting rid of it because it conflicts with his entire being. To protect himself, he begins generating a covering around the irritation, the same substance that he also uses to create his own shell. Eventually, a beautiful pearl is formed. Thus, the oyster has just taken what is worthless and irritating and made it beautiful; He’s transformed it into an entirely new substance that he can handle and that has value.
“When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” Matthew 13:46
God is like the oyster seeing us as an irritation in our sinful state, in direct opposition with Him. After all, God is repulsed by sin and cannot be its presence as He is perfect. So, what does God choose to do? This is the amazing part! He takes part of Himself, Jesus Christ, and covers our sinfulness, totally transforming us into a new, beautiful creation… a pearl of great value. “My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.” Job 14:17
Thank you, God, for the offering of Your Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice to not only cover, but to totally transform us into new, beautiful pearls. We give you all the credit and praise for this amazing transformation. Help us to share this Good News with others. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.