Monday, October 10, 2016

The Value of a Diamond

Diamonds are valued based on 4 C’s: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. Our faith is similar. 

Cut – The cut of sin and Conviction 

A diamond’s cut refers to the arrangement of a diamond facet. The cut can be deep, shallow, or ideal. An ideal cut captures and releases the maximum play of light in the diamond. 

The cut of faith begins with conviction. Scripture says we are all sinners, and He will convict the world of sin. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

We have cuts of sin and we have cuts from our life experiences including our disappointments. These play a part in the facets of our faith. God can shine through our circumstances reflecting His light even through the tough times. It all begins with the Holy Spirit’s conviction. He brings to light an ideal cut, and then He covers it with His love. 

Clarity – The clarity of our predicament and Confession 

A diamond’s clarity is the degree to which tiny marks of nature called inclusions are NOT present in the diamond. Clarity is measured by the amount of blemishes (external flaws) and inclusions (internal flaws) a diamond contains. 

The next step in our faith is confession as we realize the clarity of our predicament. God’s Word brings clarity as we realize our blemishes can be washed clean by Christ. The result of this realization is confession. 

Romans 10:9,10 “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” 

We are all aware of sin, even if we don’t want to call it that. And even Satan believes that Christ died and rose again. The difference is in confessing Christ as Lord and trusting Him for salvation. 

Color – The color of His blood and the Cross 

A diamond’s color can range from colorless to various shades of colors. The color is produced from chemical impurities contained in the composition. The whiter (colorless) the diamond, the more brilliant because it allows more light to pass and reflect.  

Our color comes from the cross of Christ. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). 

The crimson blood Christ shed on the cross washes us white as snow. It makes our diamond facets colorless and brilliant allowing His light to pass through and reflect Him. 

Carat – The carat of redemption and our Confidence 

A diamond’s size is measured in carat weight. The price of diamonds with respect to their carat weight goes up exponentially for larger diamonds. 

Our carat of faith is our confidence. Redemption from the stains and blemishes of sin is not something we can provide. Christ offers our redemption, and we can stand firm on our foundation of faith with confidence. This is BIG! Lots of carats! 

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14). 

Have you ever heard someone say, “Look at that rock,” when referring to a large diamond someone is wearing? Our faith is founded on THE Rock, Christ. 

I want people to look at my life and say, “Look at her rock,” referring to the Rock of my salvation. I want my life to reflect Christ, so I can share Him through the cut, clarity, color, and confidence found in His word. 

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