The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all he has and buys it.
Oftentimes we hear of an athlete “selling out” to complete a play. Some football player "sold out" to make a tackle. A softball player "sells out" to make that diving catch. They don’t quit what they’re doing or give up their talent, they just push themselves beyond normal limits. The merchant that Matthew mentions doesn’t stop being a merchant, he just increases his effort to the point of selling out for one great pearl.
Stanley Rother never stopped farming. He never stopped fixing things, or building new things. Instead, he sold out to use his talents for God. And when he did, his talent just got better. He did those things because he loved Jesus. He even rode a motorcycle to go to remote places in Guatemala, so he could minister to those folks too. And the Rother Man bets he enjoyed the motorcycle riding even more.
Yesterday the Rother Man (times two) got on a motorcycle to ride to a Catholic cross bearers rally in Ohio. Along the Way, the Rother Man, the two, will hand out St Benedict crosses and prayer cards to those they encounter. The first cross they gave away was to a Vietnam veteran. They are selling out of going to their jobs for ten days. They are selling out of their family time for ten days. They are on a mission.
While they are gone remember them in your prayers. And be on your own mission to family, workplace and community. Just sell out to do those things in friendship with Christ. Be another shepherd who doesn’t run!