It is as jewels that God speaks of His own on one occasion. Within a few verses of the last word of the Old Testament, concerning those who feared the Lord and thought upon His name, the remnant are Israel, this is written:
Mal 3:17 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
Ponder the word a few moments, as it may aptly used as a symbol of the Christian.
1. The value of any earthly possession is based upon the price that has been paid for it, and of all these, jewels are undoubtely the most costly. The value of the Christian, in God's sight, cannot be computed by earthly estimates, but the most precious thing in the universe was the cost of man's redemption. [God spared not His own Beloved Son but freely gave Him up for us all. Your soul is the most expensive thing ever purchased.]
1Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
2. Jewels are the least perishable commodity known to man. As so it is with the jewels of God, of whom our Lord said: "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John 10:28
3. Earthly jewels are carefully guarded by their owners, lest they be lost. The divine Guard will see to it that nothing steals away God's jewels, as declared by the Apostle Paul: "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." (2Timothy 1:12)
4. Before earthly jewels are displayed, they must be put through harsh processes-- corners cut, roughness smoothed away, etc. So the new-born child of God, if he is to adorn the precious name of the Savior to His honor, drastic fashioning and renewing that sometimes requires him to pass through the fire of trial or to be cut deeply. 2Timothy 3:12 says, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." The Lord Jesus said in John 15:2 "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he [the Father] taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
5. The purpose of earthly jewels is that they shall reflect the light and shine brilliantly, whether it be the light of the sun or of the candle. And is not the purpose of the Christian's journey on this earth that he shall shine-- reflecting the light of the true Light-- the eternal Son of God, in a sin-darkened world?
Our Lord said in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." But He also declared to His own (meaning us) "Ye are the light of the world... Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven " (Matthew 5:14,16).
Yes, we who are Christ's are God's jewels, to reflect the glory of the Lord. But, as among jewels, there is an infinite variety-- the brilliant white diamond, the glorious green emerald, the blood-red ruby, the deep blue sapphire, and other lesser jewels. Each having a beauty all its own-- so there is variety among Christians, who differ from each other in many ways. But all have been redeemed by the same Saviour; all have a function to perform, to reflect the Light; all are assured an eternal inheritance. And though the ministries may differ, each has a beauty all his own.
2Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Taken From Our Hope Magazine, October, 1949. Modified by Cobblestone Road Ministries..