Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Locking Up the Real Jewels

I recently read something about how people lock up their expensive jewels and purchase identical imitations for their "everyday wear." I find that odd. I mean, I understand why they do it...yet...it doesn't make sense. What's the point of having expensive jewelry if you're afraid to wear it? Why lock up the real thing and wear an imitation?

I saw a woman the other day with a rock the size of a grapefruit on her left finger. I wondered if it was real. Again, what's the point of wearing it if it's not? And why wear a fake diamond engagement ring? It makes people think you've either been duped or your husband's cheap.

Do you have any jewels like that? I sure don't. Nor would I want them. If I have the real thing, I'm wearing it.

Every morning when we get dressed, do we put on the "real thing?" or do we lock it away and put on our "everyday wear?" Do we bring Jesus with us when we leave the house, or do we lock Him away, somewhere safe, in our home, where no one will find Him? Do we "clothe ourselves in Christ" or do we seek to "gratify the desires of the flesh?" 
(Rom 13:14)

If we have the "real thing" why would we want anything else? Yet, too often we do. It's safer. We won't be accosted for our beliefs. We can fit in with the rest of the world. Conform. Compromise. And when we get home, we can pull out our "real thing", apologize and be forgiven...then do it again tomorrow. Or, maybe we won't pull out our "real thing" and apologize...maybe it's better to just leave Him in the safe. This way we can continue to gratify the desires of the flesh through what we allow our eyes to see, ears to hear and voice to speak. We can do what we want if we have "the real Jewel" locked safely away. It's (He's) always there if and when we want to take it (Him) out.

Today, will you put on the Real Thing? Will you take your Jewel out of the safe and throw away the imitation? We are His "pearl of great price." (Matt 13:46). Is He ours? Will you clothe yourself in Christ? Let's try it together. 

Blessings Along the Path,
Mary

Song of the Day
Pearl of Great Price (Heather Clark Band)


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