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FAITH TODAY: In God’s eyes we are diamonds in the making
By Evans Hundermark
Mountain View Church
We were recently given an old canoe. It was big, clunky, and had stood outside, unused, braving the elements for seven years. It was cracked, scratched up, had a hole, the seats were rotten, and was covered with moss. It looked like it may never sail again.
That canoe’s purpose was to do more than sit on a sawhorse in someone’s garden, it was made to sail and explore lakes but wow, was it broken up. So, we decided to take on the project of trying to restore it . . . and some job that turned out to be.
We had to remove broken parts, scrub, hammer, sandpaper, replace fibreglass, paint, wait for stuff to dry, and paint and sandpaper some more. It’s taken over a year to complete, but finally, it’s done. And does “The PuddleDuck” ever sail so nicely. She was made to glide over the water as graceful as a momma duck on a lazy summer day.
Thinking about that canoe, I cannot help thinking about you and me. We too are broken, used and sometimes rejected—people trying to do something we were not made to do. Others look at us and see the cracks, scratches and brokeness, and think we will never be worth much more than what we are now.
But God looks at you and sees the potential of what could be—you were made for more than just this. He made you, and He made you for a purpose. You were made to be Holy (1Peter 1:13), that means to be separate and different to the ways of this world. Romans 12:2 says not to let the world squeeze you into its mould, but rather be shaped by the work of Holy Spirit. Just like working on my canoe, the Holy Spirit’s work on you takes time, effort and, if you had to ask my canoe about it, it can be painful as the broken bits are removed and the stubborn dirt is chiselled away. But in the end, its worth every bit of energy and expense. A diamond is nothing more than a piece of charcoal, that only reaches its true value after immense pressure and heat has been applied to it, over a long period of time. In the eyes of God, and in the hands of the Holy Spirit, we are diamonds in the making.
How do you respond to the work of The Holy Spirit on you as He forms and moulds you into the valuable and Holy person He created you to be?
Firstly, you have to accept and confess that you’re broken and helpless because of sin. “Sin” is not the wrong things we do, but rather a flaw in our very nature as a result of man’s decision to disobey God. So we cannot help ourselves and fix sin by merely being good people. We need someone to change the very heart of who we are. Only God can do that, and He opened the door to that change through Jesus’ death on the Cross. Believing on Jesus’ death and resurrection is the beginning of the restoration process.
Secondly, we need to submit to the work of His Holy Spirit who begins the work of restoring us so that we can be the people God created us to be. The Holy Spirit changes our desires, to align them with God’s, and works on those areas of our lives that are unacceptable to God . . . blemishes on His original design, like the cracks and holes in my canoe. Only God can fix these blemishes, and only God can heal our brokeness.
Thirdly, we need to seek closeness with God. This comes through accepting the Bible as His Word through which He speaks to us, and an instruction manual that guides us to become what He created us to be (2Timothy 3:16). This means accepting all of it as His authoritative Word, not just the bits we like while discarding those sections that make us uncomfortable, or highlight undealt with sin in our lives (Hebrews 4:12).
My canoe is ready to sail, but the work on me is still far from complete. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it seems long, but it is a work that I want God to do, until eventually I stand before Him, complete, whole and healed. I pray that as you read this, that you too would allow God to work on you as well. It may seem hard and long right now, but be encouraged by Romans 8:18 which reminds us that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us,” it will all be worth it in the end.
• Evans Hundermark is a pastor at Mountain View Church. Any comments can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.