THE WORK OF THE GEMCUTTER

IMG_3878by Tammy Phillips
May 31, 2020

And we all are the work of Your hand. (Isaiah 64:8 NKJV)

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)

Gemstones, like emeralds and sapphires, are lost treasures in the earth until they are found.  Uncut precious materials that have not been cut and polished are referred to as rough.  Stones are cut and polished by progressive abrasion using finer and finer grits of harder substances, like diamonds.  The gemcutter uses the progressive technique to achieve the finished product, a sparkling gem.  Diamond grit scratches its way through the gemstone.  A liquid such as oil or water is used to wash away cutting debris and keep the stone from overheating.  After the gem is cut and faceted to improve refraction, it is usually polished to a mirror-like finish to aid light reflection from the surface of the stone (https://nature.berkeley.edu/classes/eps2/wisc/teleport/howcut.html)

Doesn’t that sound like the story of us?

We were formed by God.
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, And He who formed you from the womb: “I [am] the LORD, who makes all [things], Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; (Isaiah 44:24 NKJV)

We were lost in the earth until we were found by our Lord.
And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV)

We are rough around the edges when we first come to Jesus, but come to realize it is God who made us.
Know that the LORD, He [is] God; [It is] He [who] has made us, and not we ourselves; (Psalm 100:3 NKJV)

The Gemcutter, Our Father, uses the abrasive experiences of our lives to carefully cut and polish us into the lively stones in His house.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10 NKJV]
‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me… (Job 10:8 NKJV)

The living water and the oil of the Holy Spirit washes away the debris in our lives.
“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV)

The Living water cleanses and cools us.  It keeps us from overheating when we are tempted and tried.
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. (Ezekiel 36:25 NKJV)

We are anointed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads us in all things.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8 NKJV)

The Spirit assists us from becoming overheated by the agitations of life.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God [is] faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear [it]. (1Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)

We are transformed by His word and refined from the rough, from glory to glory.
Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48:10 NKJV)

We are polished to reflect the light of His glory.
“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 NKJV)

We are transformed into His sparkling gems.  We become living stones in the house of our Father.
The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. (Job 33:4 NKJV)

I enCOURAGE you to believe and say: “I will praise You, for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, And [that] my soul knows very well.”  (Psalm 139:14 NKJV)  You are MARVELOUS!  You are a PRECIOUS, PRICELESS, Sparkling Gem, created and formed by the Master Gem cutter.

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