2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Believers are like diamonds in the rough; a phrase defined by Merriam-Webster as “one having exceptional qualities or potential but lacking refinement and polish.” Natural diamonds look rather ordinary, but cutting and polishing brings out their true beauty and brilliance. God is the Supreme Diamond Cutter who knows the perfect way to cut for maximum brilliance and sparkle. He cuts to remove our flaws. “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Through the Holy Spirit and His Truth, God cuts the facets of Jesus’ character into our lives. We are transformed into His likeness by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), and sanctified by the Truth of His Word (John 17:17). We are cleansed and polished “…by the washing with water through the Word” (Ephesians 5:26), until the brilliant light of Jesus shines through us. If a diamond doesn’t catch your eye or flash in the light, it’s probably not a well cut diamond. So how well cut are you? Is your life catching the eye of others for Jesus? No matter how imperfect we are, in the hands of God and under the counsel of His Word, believers will be cut and polished until we increasingly reflect His glory and ultimately enter heaven as a perfect, flawless, clear diamond.
The words from the James Bond theme song claim “Diamonds are forever”. Apparently that’s not really true for earthly diamonds, but if we are one of God’s spiritual diamonds, we believe in Jesus Christ and are promised eternal life (John 3:15). All people are promised eternity, however, not all are destined for brilliance in the eternity of heaven. Some are destined for eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). On earth there are those that use the profits from diamonds to wage war or oppress people. These are called “blood diamonds”. They may look pretty, but their value is used for evil. If we are not being cut and polished by our belief in Jesus and the study and application of God’s Word, then no matter how great we look, we too will be used for evil for Jesus said, “He who is not with me is against me…” (Luke 11:23). We cannot be neutral. We are either being cut and polished by God or by the enemy, being used for good or evil, bound for heaven or hell. Do we think of our non-Christian friends and family that way? Who are the “blood diamonds” in your life that need to be redeemed by the Lord for His good purposes?
How are you being polished by God?
What flaws does God need to remove from your life so you can better reflect His glory?