“Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone clear as crystal” ~ Revelation 21:11
A diamond is carbon in a concentrated form, but it becomes the most precious gemstone in the world when mined, cut, and polished. “When Diamonds are formed, the pressure exceeds 700,000 psi and temperatures over 1200°C (2192°F).” Wow! That is extreme temperature and pressure under which form diamonds.
In today’s post I will attempt to parallel diamonds’ formation and qualities to lives of Christian women. On Saturday, August 24, 2019, I spoke at Central Church of Christ Women’s Lectures in Chiefland, Florida. The awesome theme was “RARE STONES & PRECIOUS JEWELS.” My assigned topic was “Shining Bright Like A Diamond.” As daughters of the King have you ever thought of yourself as Diamonds?
We too have embedded within us diamond like qualities awaiting to be mined, cut and polished by our Master Jeweler. We also must pass through extreme temperature, temptations and pressure in trials and tribulations.
A diamond is an object that is led through the process only by the hands of the jeweler. We too should allow only the hands of our Master Jeweler lead us through our spiritual process bringing out magnificent radiance and stunning beauty that laid dormant.
After we have successfully gone through the process, we become the most precious gemstone in God’s sight. Eloquently describes is the beautiful outcome of being tested, “The trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls ~ 1 Peter 1:7-9.
Our Master Jeweler commands us to shine so others can follow the Son light from the path of darkness. Therefore, it is imperative that our luminosity never dwindles. This is especially true on social media.
Unfortunately, not everyone makes it to the end of the process because of their love for gossiping, backbiting, having an unforgiving spirit, dressing immodestly, lying, displaying jealousy and being crabs in the bucket pulling one another down. Let us not find ourselves being busybodies finagling others out of information to appease the flesh?
The unique molecular structure of the carbon atoms makes a diamond very hard. As we allow the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead us, we will have His Diamond harden strength to withstand the pressures of the world and the wiles of Satan. A diamond is the hardest known mineral and can only be cut by another diamond. Ladies, we are in a spiritual warfare and should always be mindful not to cut each other. From personal experience I know that a cut inflicted by a sister Diamond is very painful and does not easily heal!
Diamonds are judged according to the four C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat. We can see here as well similarities with lives of Christians.
We become more valuable under the sharp edge of God’s word when pierced and shaped ~ Cut.
Apostle Paul eloquently stated in Ephesians 5:17 that we present ourselves to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that we should be holy and without blemish ~ Clarity.
God’s Diamonds will not be judged by the exterior color but by the content and quality of our interior which manifest in words, in thoughts, and in deeds. These character traits are developed in obedience ~ Color and Carat. “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him” ~ Malachi 3:17.
Diamond processing does not happen overnight and neither do our transformation from sinners to saints which upheavals our true worth, value, and bring to surface our hidden treasures. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” ~ James 1:2-4.
Diamonds are not cheap and neither are the daughters of The Master Jeweler. I encourage you to not exchange your soul salvation for the world.
Yes! It is well known Jesus said some very difficult things that make people not want to follow Him, but we should try to demystify teaching others the essential of obeying the gospel of Jesus—without adding or taking away from the Bible. Please be mindful as Christians influencers our spiritual talk must match our spiritual walk.
How do you want to be remembered? Defined by the world or refined by the word of God shining like a Diamond ~ Tangie T. Woods.