Archive | July 2017

God’s Empowered Masterpiece (GEM)

God's jewelThere was a man who owned a beautiful gem and had it on display for all to see. People would come in just to see and stand in awe. They had never seen anything so gorgeous. One night a thief came in and stole the gem. The owner was heartbroken. Not only did he lose such a valuable treasure. He also lost watching others enjoy the beauty of his gem. He told everyone what had happened and asked everyone to be on the lookout for his precious gem. Not a day went by that he didn’t pray and think about his valuable gem.

One night it happened!!! He received a phone call that his gem had been FOUND!! He was so excited to get it back. When it was given back, it looked horrible. Dirt was embedded into it and its beauty and shine were gone. The owner knew the value and beauty that was underneath all the dirt. At first, he just held his gem and cried with thankfulness that his gem was in his possession again. Then he called all of his friends and those who had helped him look to come celebrate the return of his gem.

He was determined to clean it up again so he and others could once again enjoy it beauty. He began the cleansing process. He started by cleaning off all of the surface dirt. That is when he saw that his gem had been damaged and broken. He immediately took his gem to be fixed and polished. There were even some deep scratches, but with tender care, the gem regained its beauty. Soon, it was put back on display for him and all to enjoy.

What are some points that we can take from the story?

  • The gem never lost its value even when it was out of the hands of its owner.
  • The owner was heartbroken and longed for the return of his gem until the day of its return.
  • The dirt and damage did not change what the gem was or its value.
  • How thankful the owner was upon the gem’s return.
  • Rejoicing comes with the return of a treasure.
  • Someone found and returned the gem to its owner.
  • The owner taking the time necessary to clean up the gem and return it to the place of display.
  • Once again the gem could be enjoyed by its owner and all those who got to see it on display.

How this story can apply to us today:

  • We are God’s beautiful treasure. ~ Psalm 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Extra reading: Psalm 139:13-24
  • Satan is a thief; God is a giver of life. Satan wants to see our lives destroyed; God wants to give us not only a life, but an abundant life. ~ John 10:10 The thief comes only to take the sheep and to put them to death: he comes for their destruction: I have come so that they may have life and have it in greater measure.
  • When we come to Christ, He is able to cleanse us. I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • There is great rejoicing when a sinner returns to the Father. Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Extra reading: Luke 15:8-10 
  • We can shine again for God and others to see. Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
  • God is asking all Christians to be on the lookout for His stolen gems. You may find them dirty and broken. That’s okay. They haven’t lost their value. God will make them shine again!! Luke 19:10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. ~ He calls us to go too. Matthew 28:19-20 ~ Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20)teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.. Amen.

What about you? Are you one of God’s gems who has been stolen by the enemy? Maybe you are dirtied and broken. Jesus wants to take you back to the Father where you can be cleaned and your value and beauty can once again be seen by all. Your life can be used for its intended purpose, to bring honor and glory to the Father. Will you come to Christ and allow Him to cleanse you and place you on display where others can be in awe of His masterpiece so He can receive the glory due His name?

Be the gem you were created to be:

G od’s

E mpowered

M asterpiece

Or maybe you are one who the Owner has asked to be on the lookout for one of His gems. Have you been looking? Maybe you have found some but all you see is the dirt and brokenness and think that they have no value. They do!!! Lead them to the Savior where they can be cleaned and made whole again.

Written by Linda Svacha, BCBC in dedication to one of God’s precious masterpieces.

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The Table Acronym

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  • T ~ talking-Statistics have shown that a family who eats and spends time together around the table lowers their children’s chances of getting into trouble and making poor choices. There is nothing better than sharing life with those you love around the kitchen table. Problems have been solved and many victories have been celebrated there. The memories created will last a lifetime.

~Deuteronomy 6:7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

  • A ~ activities-Bonding is happening when you do things together. What a blessing to watch the activities around the table: birthday celebrations, countless meals, card making for caroling and other special occasions, games won & lost, inventions, creations made with Lego’s and we do not want to forget the endless hours of homework (well, maybe not so much bonding with that one, lol).

~I Corinthians 10:31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

  • B ~ Bible studies-Some of my greatest joys have been opening the Bible with others to learn and grow together in our walks with the Lord. Hearing the powerful testimonies of what God is doing in and through each of us has been such an encouragement. His word sure is alive, powerful, and transforming!! It is so humbling going with others into the throne room of God to seek His wisdom and will.

~Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

  • L ~ laughter-Hearing funny stories with belly laughter around the table is the best. There is nothing like a good friend who always has a story to tell that will get you laughing.

~Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

  • E ~ eternity-Our kitchen table has been one of our greatest investments. The talking together, activities shared, opening of the Bible, and the belly laughs have all in one way or another have been used with the hopes of seeing many around the eternal table. Spending eternity with our Lord and those we have done life with is something I and those found in Christ look forward to.

~Revelations 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”

I love and am so thankful for my kitchen table. So many wonderful memories have been made there and I look forward to the numerous ones to come. Is your kitchen table a special place?