We are Diamonds

Temptation of Christ, Ary Scheffer, 19th c.

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Have you ever thought about the process a diamond go through just to be beautiful and full of value?  We are created in the image of God and for His glory do we reflect His holiness.  He poured out He love on us and gave up He son so that we might be saved.  He has shown us great love, grace and mercy.  I thought about writing more but the commentary speaks volumes and I could not do this topic the justice that it deserves.  But I will add this; we are to reflect the love and holiness of our heavenly Father.  The love of Christ should shine from our souls and it should infect everyone around us.  They should see it in you and be compelled to ask you “what is this joy you have?”  But we hide it as if we are ashamed of the God that died for us.  We have allowed the world to convince us that its a personal thing so keep God to yourself.  But Jesus has charged us to spread the Gospel and to make disciples.  Yes, we all have individual experiences that brings us closer to Him but we have a personal obligation to share with others.  We good does it do if a doctor discovers a cure and does not share it?  So we seek to secure our place in heaven but don’t want to upset anyone so we want to stay diamonds and just color ourselves some so the reflection doesn’t offend the world.  We become nothing more than colored rocks reflected a tainted, filtered, watered down, distorted, sugar cothed Jesus Christ and a shiney cross.  We become like Satan himself, knowing of God and walking like you never heard of him.

Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Commentary

A later Jewish story may illustrate how first-century hearers would have grasped Jesus’ point. An inquirer reportedly asked a late first-century rabbi what to salt tasteless salt with; he responded, “The afterbirth of a mule” (b. Bekarot 8b). In that society everyone knew that mules are sterile; the point is, “You ask a stupid question, you get a stupid answer. Salt can’t stop being salt!” But of course if it were to do so, it would no longer be of any value as salt.

Just as tasteless salt lacks value to the person who uses it, so does a professed disciple without genuine commitment prove valueless for the work of the kingdom.

A disciple whose life reveals none of the Father’s works is like invisible light for vision: useless. Jesus reinforces his point with various images. A disciple should be as obvious as a city set on a hill (as most cities were), and a light in a home should be no easier to hide than a torchlit city at night (5:14-15; most homes had only one room). As a popular sage had put it, “What is the value of concealed wisdom, any more than of treasure that is invisible?” (Sirach 41:14).

Jesus depicts his disciples’ mission in stark biblical terms for the mission of Israel. God called his people to be lights to the nations (for example, Is 42:6; 49:6)-that is, the whole world (compare Mt 18:7). Christians are light because-contrary to some psychoanalytic theories-their destiny (13:43) more than their past must define them.

But Christians cannot be content to remain the world’s light in a merely theoretical sense; they must “be what they are,” letting their light shine for their Father’s honor (5:16). Ministers of the Word must equip all other Christians for their ministry as lights in their various neighborhoods and occupations (Eph 4:11-13; Tit 2:1, 5, 8, 10). While Jesus is opposed to our doing good works publicly for our own honor (6:1, “to be seen” by people), he exhorts us to do those good works publicly for God’s honor (5:16; cf. 6:9). This distinction exhorts us to guard the motives of our hearts and consider the effects our public activities and pronouncements have on the spread of the gospel and the honoring of God among all groups of people.

Commentary can be found on Gateway.com

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