Thursday, January 14, 2010
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
“Jewels are generally considered precious because of their financial worth or durability. While that may be true, there is another specialty and function for which jewels are distinguished. It is their ability to reflect light. Even common glass has been formed into crystals that imitate jewels, and when hung near candles and on chandeliers they receive the light. They then magnify, dispense, and project it into realms far beyond the reach of the light they received initially.
Their brilliance is not inherent. The beauty of a jewel comes from its ability to reflect the light which enters its prisms. That is when the brilliance, richness, and color is made known. In and of itself, a jewel is just another stone. But when it receives light, then it becomes something most desirable. God compares souls to jewels.
This idiom causes us to reflect on the question of how much of God’s light is reflected, magnified, and intensified through our personal living. It is a question that is as lasting as the jewels we wear and which we often hold up to the light and examine. I hope there is brilliance and beauty to be observed in our lives.” Pg. 183-184