Today’s Reading: Lamentations 4:1-5:22
“How the gold has become dim! How changed the fine gold! The precious sons of Zion, valuable as fine gold, how they are regarded as clay pots, the work of the hands of the potter!” Lamentations 4:1-2
God values His children so highly that He uses the terms “fine gold” and “precious” to describe them. Fine gold is obtained when ore is melted, and the dross and impurities are separated and removed. Ephesians 2:10 describes this process where we as fine gold become the object of the craftsman’s skill. “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.”
Gold can, however, grow dim is by lack of constant burnishing and polishing: The finest gold will tarnish unless regularly polished. The jeweller always polishes the ring to its highest level before he presents it for sale. The Christian is “polished” by prayer, Bible study, worship, Christian fellowship and dedicated service.
Living our lives as dim gold denies God the glory that is due Him: The cut of the diamond witnesses the skill of the cutter. The symmetry of the building bespeaks the skill of the architect. The fit of the suit evidences the skill of the tailor. What does the quality of our spiritual life say to the work of the redeeming and sanctifying power of our wonderful Lord?
You are amazingly precious to God! He has crafted you into fine gold that reflects a portion of his glory. Shine for all the world to see!