21st May 2017

Bright as Diamonds 

“…so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation.’ Then you will shine like stars in the sky…”
Philippians 2:15 (NIV
 

We’ve all heard the song, ‘Pennies from Heaven’. But have you ever heard of ‘Diamonds from the Sky’? It might sound crazy—but depending on what planet you’re on, seeing diamonds falling from the sky is just as ordinary as rain in Manchester.

Scientists have recently uncovered complex data on the atmospheric conditions on giant planets like Jupiter. And they’ve theorised that over certain parts of the planet, massive storms create solid carbon that falls in particles toward the planet’s surface. As it does, the atmospheric pressure increases, reaching such incredible force that the carbon hardens into diamonds. Of course, here on earth that process only happens miles beneath the Earth’s crust over eons of time. But regardless of how it happens, it still seems miraculous to me. Carbon is one of the most common elements in the universe, but with the right amount of time and pressure, it can become one of the most valuable and sought-after objects in the world!

It’s actually a lot like our journey as Christians. Without Christ, it’s easy to feel as if we’re the “most common thing in the universe”. After all, there are seven billion people on this planet. But through our relationship with the triune God, he faithfully refines our hearts, minds, and character to conform to his perfect image. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminds us that: “we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image…” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Most days, however, I don’t ‘look’ much like Jesus. I’m imperfect, and the process of becoming more like him can be incredibly difficult. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like just giving up. But, we may be thankful, God never will. His faithfulness never wavers, and regardless of tough circumstances or slow progress, we’re all assured that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Even on our worst days, we know that God is still working in us and through us to bring the light of his glory to a darkened world. We might look like plain old carbon now, but we’re promised that eventually, in Christ, we will shine as bright as diamonds! 

Prayer
Holy Father, if we ever think of ourselves as diamonds, it’s of the rough kind. Nonetheless, it is your image of us which we need to keep in mind as a vision into our future with you. We pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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