The Value of Gems

masterpieceYou are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:5-9)

Ponder It.
What do you believe God thinks of you?
If you could change one thing about the way you see your value, what would it be?
How committed are you to becoming God’s masterpiece?

Receive It.
Gems are beautiful, shiny, and full of colors. They’re valuable, but their true value is not determined by a gemologist. You are like a gem, and no one but God can determine your value. God didn’t mess up His design of you. He’s God, and He’s incapable of messing up. He created you in His image. You have His imprint on you. You can distort the image He’s placed on you by the way you live, but you can’t eliminate the image of God within you. No matter what you do, you cannot veer so far from God that He cannot reach you. You can never completely eliminate the image with which He’s created you. You’re designed from the inside out. When you neglect or refuse to acknowledge the worth God has given you—whether you inflate or deflate yourself—you are trying to say you know more about how you’re made and who you are than God does. You’re wrestling God for authority. And you will lose that wrestling match every single time. God decides your worth, and He thinks you’re worth sending His only Son to die for you. Yes, God sees your shortcomings, but He sees them only in the context of your potential. He knows the possibilities with which He created you, and He will continually strive to guide and mold you to your completion. When you don’t acknowledge His will and your value, you miss out on a piece of His plan, which is exactly what He doesn’t want you to do. Let Him show you your value. Fully live as He intends.

Live It.
This is it: the wrap up of our 30-day devotional journey. But it’s not an ending. It’s a continuation. God is still working in your life. He desires your faith and trust. He wants you to know Him and follow Him well. Stay committed to Him. Trust His work in your life. You are becoming a magnificent masterpiece.

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16, The Message)