Have you ever seen a picture of an uncut diamond? They often look like clear rocks. For some, they look at them and see nothing special. For others, they can imagine what this rock will look like once it is prepared by a master gemcutter. Most gems are like this.
Spurgeon compares an uncut diamond to untried faith. The reality is that you don’t know what you have until you put in the work to make it beautiful. Once the process of cutting and polishing takes place, you have a thing of beauty.
In 1 Peter, we see rejoicing in the end product (salvation) even though they are going through a time of trial (1 Pet. 1), especially knowing that it will bring praise, glory and honor to Jesus!
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that yet he proven genuineness of your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”1 Pet 1:6-7 NIV
This past weekend the message was on the call to discipleship, and the video that was shown was God’s Chisel by the Skit Guys https://skitguys.com/videos/gods-chisel.
God desires to make you into His masterpiece, but it won’t always be comfortable. In fact, at times it will be painful. But the end result will be amazing.
Lord, You are to us like a master gemcutter, and we are like uncut and unpolished gems in need of Your refining. Help us, Lord, to allow You to cut and chip off anything that will hinder us from running the race you’ve called us to run (Heb. 12:1-2). And may we, Your masterpieces, bring You praise, glory and honor. In Jesus’ Name…