“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,” – Ephesians 1:18
Peter Waldo, or Valdesius, or Waldensis, as he was variously called, was a rich and distinguished citizen of Lyons, France, in the closing decades of the twelfth century. Waldo was at first led to study the Bible and he made a translation of it, which he circulated among the people.
The reading of the Gospels led to an imitation of Christ. Waldo took the manner of his life from the Scriptures, and he soon had a multitude of disciples. They gave their property to the poor and began to preach in the city. When they refused to cease preaching they were expelled from Lyons and preached in other towns.
One such Waldensian preacher went about in the guise of an itinerant salesman. When he arrived at the local manor, all the townspeople, including masters and servants, would gather around while he showed his various wares–fabrics, jewelry, and artifacts. But even as he sold he would make allusion to more precious goods in his possession, to jewels of inestimable value he was in a position to offer. The curiosity of his audience kindled, the Waldensian would then speak of “The Pearl of Great Price”, the Gospel of Jesus, and gradually proceed to contrast the official Church, in its love of power, riches, and luxury with the purity of the Gospel.
The Gospel of Christ is the greatest inheritance we can receive. Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord for His indescribable great gift in Christ.
“Oh, lady fair, I have yet a gem, which a purer lustre flings Than the diamond flash of the jeweled crown on the lofty brow of kings; A wonderful pearl of exceeding price, whose virtue shall not decay, Whose light shall be as a spell to thee and a blessing on thy way.” The cloud went off from the pilgrim’s brow as a small, meager book, Unchased with gold or gem of cost, from his folding robe he took. “Here, lady fair, is the pearl of price, may it prove as much to thee. Nay, keep thy gold, I ask it not, for the word of God is free.” – John Greenleaf Whittier
God’s Word: “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
By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2003, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN EPHESIANS [email protected]