For the past two weeks, I have written about us being God’s Jewels and God’s Masterpiece. I said that even with all the beauty of creation (sunrises, sunsets, puffy clouds, beautiful beaches and majestic mountains) that we are more beautiful to God than anything else in His creation.
I hope you have given thought to that. We are more important and more beautiful than anything else to God. We are His Masterpiece, His crowning jewel, if you will.
I have some diamonds that belonged to my grandmother and also to my mom. I inherited them when they passed and have since designed and had a beautiful ring made for Beth from those diamonds. When I was talking with the jeweler who made them, he pointed out to me there was a difference between the stones in the two rings. The stones in my grandmother’s ring were “mine-cut” while the stones in my mother’s ring were more a modern cut.
Just by looking at the stones, he could tell how old they were by the way they were cut. He could also point out some flaws and irregularities in the stones of my grandmother’s ring when compared to the more modern stones in my mom’s ring. When I asked him if he could cut the imperfections away, he said that he could, but that the value of the diamond would be lessened by doing so because part of the good stone would have to be removed too.
As I thought about that, I realized that, as being God’s jewels, we too have imperfections. The imperfections in the diamonds were caused by a mineral that didn’t belong there. The imperfections in us are caused by sin. Sin should not be in the life of the believer. We should live a godly life and not give in to sin. We should separate ourselves from those things that cause us to sin.
I know that and so do you and yet it is so easy to sin. Sometimes we sin “on purpose” knowing what is wrong and choosing to do it anyway. Sometimes, we sin and we don’t even recognize it loosing our temper, practicing a bad habit, gossiping, cursing, etc. And just as that jeweler can remove the imperfection, God can remove the imperfections in our lives too.
I. John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us from and cleanse us from our sins.” Notice the very first word, “If.” We have to confess our sins to Him and He will forgive them. And not only does God forgive them, He will not hold them against us any longer. What an awesome God He is.
So maybe you have been carrying around something for a long time in your life — maybe something you did years and years ago — confess it to Him, receive His forgiveness and continue to live out your Christian life, knowing that your Heavenly Father loves you and that you are His precious jewel.
And that is Something To Think About for this week.
If you are uncertain of where you are going to spend your eternity, and if you have any doubts about whether your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, please let me know, I’d be happy to talk with you.
Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.