Shine Bright Like a Diamond: The Diamond in the Rough
A Diamond will Shine When Polished
Take a moment and imagine yourself as a diamond, chosen from raw material found in the rich depths of the earth, extracted, processed, and ready to reveal exquisite beauty.
It's true every gemstone has imperfect cuts lacking the luster of perfection. Simple or complex, we require a skilled lapidary to become the precious stones that lie beneath our rough edges. Nonetheless, in the eyes of God, each one of us is precious and develops when polished by the artisan of perfection.
A bright glow emerges where hunger remains for Christ-likeness. Though seemingly tricky while engaged in the spiritual battle of situations and trials all things are possible with God.
The uniqueness of assumptive judgment of others impedes our correction making the refinement process tedious. Still, as God's creation’s we strive to live with regular polish, while the allowance of staunch deflection from the process continues. We tend to react with human qualities.
Our lackluster is often a symptom of denying God's work in us. Therefore, we must hold to His promises as clarity increases with His purpose. If docile, while formed, we will arise materializing as the amazing gems we are: unique in color, clarity, cut and weight, no two wholly alike but beautifully perfect in unity.
Jesus Calls Us to Unity John 17:20-23
(Bible verses John 17:20-23, these writings are just some of the many writings in the word that I am drawn to in this timing. As I explore my journey I remind myself that my mere existence is for the glorification and will of God my father in heaven.)
John 17:20-23 ~ 20"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message. 21That all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. 22 I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one-23 I in them and You in Me- so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me."
Confessions of a Human Heart
Oh flesh, how do I surrender you fully to my God that no foe may come against me in my darkest hours? Why must I give attention to the slanders and attacks of life when you’re all that should occupy my heart and brain?
Your perceptions of me dear God must be disappointing as I regularly fail before you in my daily walk? When I allow an evil thought or action to take hold becoming angered, envious, impatient, unkind intolerant or the many other sins of my human nature, I know these actions though originated in pain can be used for good, when about the design of your plan.
You demonstrated beautiful anger in humanness, through your Son, as He walked the earth in preparation for the ultimate sacrifice. The right to complain no longer viable after Your ultimate gift of the cross. How dare I, to claim attention I am failing in appreciation as to the meaning of Your sacrifice.
Why must I react even for a moment to the vile representations of righteous behavior in this earthly world? Must I stomp my feet when one speaks of me or mine, rather than fully trusting your reasoning?
We find ourselves in an embarrassed state before You, Lord. Realizing our faults and wrongdoings. I hear myself as I am passionate about You and yet angered by the complacency of sin and lack of acceptance of You.
Like a diamond in the rough, I can see your image in the hearts of others and the reflective mirrors of life, especially when shining your light and looking in the mirror at myself. I understand the perfectly imperfect and completely loved by You human.
I see that I have great work and learning to do. I realize that each time I am looking outward toward the lack of faith or missteps in the walk of another, I am no longer taking the steps toward you. Help me to see myself as a shining servant. Humbly I lay before you as your child seeking Your guidance and direction.
You made me as You made all of us, wonderfully for Your purpose, allow me the polish of the gem You've created in me that I can do Your work and only that which serves You.
We Are in Fellowship
It’s true that to be insulted by a foe is alarming and yet the attack of the one we’re in fellowship with is far more unexpected. It’s not that God hadn’t allowed either of these attacks. It’s just that when coming from one in friendship, it’s a little unforeseen. I just believe that in this timing we will be under attack from all areas. The weapons will form in our minds, even against those we love, as Satan tries his best to separate us from Christ.
Understand that Christ calls us to accountability versus the wrongful attack, some that come by those we trust in our churches, communities and even those in our own homes. Often we will push through to decide that ultimately a true Christian cares deeply for our soul and wants what's best for us, acting on the Christlike character within each of us.
Imperfection settles in circumstances where delivery may not be received as intended. In good faith, we attempt to see Christ in each encounter, recognizing we’re flawed as we move toward good as opposed to the negative pull.
God speaks through others, throughout life experience, our belief needs to be keen to know that He will bring down the wicked, and that which comes to us will only be allowed if for His glory. Relax, and the answers will happen once the hit is made the bleeding eventually stops and the healing begins to wait and be still.
There’s no way to prepare for attacks other than the armor of God and through His word. As important as the church and leadership are to our walks, it’s more important to be open to the Holy Spirit and the calling of God to your ultimate purpose. It’s not who will attack, when or why it just will be, it’s inevitable.
The attacks brought against us often allow the refinement we seek, sometimes unknowingly, causing us to draw closer to the ultimate refining of, Christ Our King. Why does this world matter so much to each of us? Why, because our flesh is weak.
So, dear Lord, I ask for You to refine us at a higher rate, that we may glorify you in the coming days. Allow us to reach for one another and share our human weakness openly that we are ready and willing to attempt our Christ-likeness.
Christian to Be Christ-Like, Oh How We Fail
We love and honor our Lord, and yet as He looks upon us from His heavenly seat, I can only imagine the disappointment of our choices. I'm not talking about the daily mishaps of imperfection for He probably expect those. However, the words that slip from our tongues that are evil or the judgment of those sliding around us, that is the greater sin. I must say I am not sure which of these inequities is worse, for no sin has the greatness to another in His eyes. We call it all sin and therefore to judge others is ridiculous, and still, we are pros at the ridiculousness.
I don't get to proclaim my sin as less offensive than that of my neighbors, family, friends or foes. To claim my righteousness would be to place myself on a pedestal where I would sit proudly until the winds of yet another dose of refinement kick me to its base.
To be without sinful nature and in the presence of God, our Father in heaven. Until we're brought together in the glorification of You, dear Lord, we must be loving and patient and look only to You and Your word for our solace.
We must attempt to realize that when placing ourselves in higher regard than our brothers and sisters we have again failed. When not accepting that to look at others inequities as more significant than our own, we are to some degree delusional. We need to get out the mirror to see the sinner reflecting back and then we are humbled.
Caution yourselves to the awareness that the closer we come to You, the higher the risk of attack by force not from our Father. To be Christian and turn against one another in this timing would be a tragedy. To love and accept likeness among your faithful Christians will be imperative to building an army for Your Kingdom.
We don't all come to worship in one place, but to be secure in the building of the community where you are in is essential. Wherever that place is, use it for the construction of a fire that has a flame that will not be put out. Share in the commonality of the word among community churches and friends and people worldwide. Please, God, humble us all to be good stewards of Your word and owners of our faults, but ultimately passer's of Your torch in the spreading of Your light in love.
Psalm 51:17 “My sacrifice oh God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart. You, God, will not despise.” How prophetic the words of these Psalms, we can find each of us in these words, as God is unchanging, and His word is timeless and always relevant.
No one could read psalms and not see the complete relevance to our world today. We must be careful as we remain in the flesh and thus we must not cast the stone. All of us in some way is rough around the edges and pieces may break off of our precious stone. That doesn't mean that we're to be discarded and not polished. It just says we are not perfect. There is but one ideal stone. Sadly, folks, we are all just imitations.
Some of us may look better than others, some of us may even shine better, but ultimately we are not the real deal. There's only one; I look forward to seeing is our perfect example of Christ as I seek to go home one day and meet Him face to face. Until then my little imitation self will do my best. I hope to not throw too much at anyone, but I am sure I will. I will also do my best to pick up the pieces and place them gently back to make others whole and continue our refinement in Him.
For His light to shine, we must not tear one another down but rather build upon His word. The mistakes of our imperfect stone will cast a shadow in the light of His word. Our honesty and humility will be required allowing the light to grow and hence welcoming all who see it. Together we need to let the light of God's Love shine through and discard anything that takes us from that light or separates us in any way from our loving Father in Heaven. Be the diamond you are called to be even while in the rough!
© 2012 Kathy Henderson