We are His Jewels


I make jewelry as a hobby and as I was putting some things together, I thought about what it means to adorn ourselves with jewels and how it relates to adorning ourselves with Jesus.  I thought about the process of making a jewel to completion from the very beginning to the end and all that must be accomplished to get to that beautiful art piece that adorns us. So, let’s start from the beginning…
The center of the jewel is the stone and everything else is built around it:
A jewel must be found and dug up from the earth. It is rough looking, like any ordinary stone and is similar to the state in which the Lord finds us
(Matt 18:11, For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost)NKJV
After finding the stone it must be cleaned which is similar to the Lord purifying us. 
(Titus 2:13, 14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works)KJV,
(Isa 48:10a Behold, I have refined thee)KJV
Then the stone must be polished which is the starting point to building the art piece. The Lord starts building His art piece by giving us His spirit 
(1Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God)ASV.
And then He molds us. 
(Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.)NKJV
And then He adds other elements to enhance the beauty of His jewel 
The first element is to put on Christ 
(Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.)NKJV
Then allow Christ to change our hearts, 
(1 Peter 3:3,4 Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God)NKJV,
 and that change transforms the outward appearance 
(Job 11:17 And your life shall be brighter than noonday; you shall shine forth, you shall be as the morning.)NKJV, (Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.)NKJV,(1 Samuel 16:7b For the Lord does not see as man sees; Septuagint reads For God does not see as man sees; Targum reads It is not by the appearance of a man; Vulgate reads Nor do I judge according to the looks of a man.for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.")NKJV
After all the elements are added to the art piece it is glorious and is made perfect by His hand just as we are made perfect in Christ
(Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect).NKJV
It is the Lords gift to us of His Jewel His Son Jesus 
(Matthew 7:11b how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!)NKJV
(1 Cor 12:31 But earnestly desire the best gifts: and yet I show you a more excellent way.)NKJV
And we are the Lords Jewels.
(Mal 3:17 “They shall be mine” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them my jewels;)NKJV.

Blessings,
Julia 




Comments (8)

On February 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM , Cynthia said...

Julia,
This is absolutely beautiful! I love the parallelism. It is perfect. Thank you, for the uplifting reminder of how much we are loved and cared for. If we open our hearts, we will be gloriously refined and burnished for His glory.

 
On February 26, 2013 at 7:54 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Julia, thanks so much for this devotion and welcome to the blog team. You've chosen such wonderful verses. I need to go back and read it all again.

 
On February 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM , krafterskorner said...

Great post! My name being Crystal I think about this a lot. :)

 
On February 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM , Joyce Butler said...

Very interesting. I should wright a blog on how pottery relates to the verse 'we are the clay he is the potter."

 
On February 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM , MYSAVIOR said...

Perfect verse - Perfect Lord!

♥♥♥
Sue

 
On February 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM , sammysgrammy said...

Beautiful analogy - find it interesting that your named Jewel (Julia) too.

 
On February 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM , Celeste said...

Wow! That is very powerful! I had never thought about that before. I do remember though a song we sang as children: When He cometh, when He cometh, to take up His jewels, precious jewels, precious jewels, His loved and His own.

 
On March 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM , krafterskorner said...

Great post! I feel like I've had more than my share lately!