“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.
I will attempt to parallel diamonds’ formation and qualities to the lives of Christians. A couple of years ago, I was honored to be a speaker at a Women’s Ladies Day Program in Chiefland, Florida. Their awesome theme was “RARE STONES & PRECIOUS JEWELS”, and my assigned topic was “Shining Bright Like A Diamond.”
As children of the Most High, we too have embedded within us diamond like qualities awaiting to be mined, cut and polished by our Master Jeweler, and 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 the Hands of our Master Jeweler to lead us through our spiritual process to bring 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 and a bright light in the dark world. Eloquently describe 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.
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 including on social media where darkness from our posts sometimes creeps out into the dark world. Sadly, not everyone makes it to the end of the process because of their love for gossiping, backbiting, unforgiving spirit, immodestly dressing, lying, jealousy, and crabs in the bucket pulling one another down and giving in to the lusts of 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 pressure from wiles of Satan. A diamond is the hardest known mineral and can only be cut by another diamond. Sadly, wolves in sheep’s clothing cut one another with in words, thoughts or deeds.
Diamonds are judged according to the four Cs: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat. We can see here as well similarities with lives of Christians.
Cut. We become more valuable under the sharp edge of God’s word when pierced and shaped.
Clarity. Apostle Paul eloquently stated in Ephesians 5:17, 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.
Color and Carat. God’s Diamonds will not be judged by the exterior color but by the content and quality of our interior which manifest in our behavior and speech. These character traits are developed in obedience to commandments of God.
Diamond processing does not happen overnight and neither do our transformation from sinners to saints revealing our true worth, value, and bring to surface our hidden treasures.
Real diamonds are not cheap, and neither are children of God, the Master Jeweler. The remission of sins was bought with the blood of Jesus, and we should not allow enticement of the devil in exchange for our expensive soul.
Yes! It is well known Jesus said some very difficult things that made people not want to follow Him, but we should demystify the Word without adding or taking away from His Word.
“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)
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Do not allow the taste of the forbidden fruit cost you the taste of Heaven. — Tangie T. Woods