A Pearl of Great Price
by T. Austin-Sparks
"Do we not need, dear friends, to redeem our mentality regarding the church, and that locally, from cheapness, the commonplace, regarding it too lightly? Or, to put that the other way, do we not need a very much greater conception of how tremendously valuable a true expression of the church is to the Lord? It is priceless! He puts its value like this: "sold all that he had". If you can measure that in the case of the Lord Jesus, you are approximating to the measure of the value of the church universal and local to the Lord, when it corresponds to His mind. A pearl of great price, very precious."