You never know when you will find such a deeper meaning in something so small
One day, while fixing my daughter Paige’s hair, she was looking at my necklaces. She asked me about a long strand of pearls I have. She wanted to know if they were real. I said no, but I dug through my jewelry box and found my real ones and showed them to her. She asked me why the fake ones were shinier and prettier. As I started explaining the difference to her it made me think about how, as Christians, we can be a lot like pearls.
The fake pearls are really pretty and perfect looking. They are bright white and perfectly round. They are all the exact same size and are really shiny. They are made by man. But if you look closely you can see some spots where the outside coating has peeled off showing that underneath they are nothing but plastic little balls. If thrown into a fire they melt to nothing.
How often, as children of God, do we pretend to be something we are not?
We put on our nice clothes, our pretty jewelry, and our happy faces and walk out into the world, but what happens when you scratch past that surface? What happens when we are at home? Do we always use kind words when talking about others? What happens when we are alone with a group of close friends? Do we act as we would in front of a group of strangers? Do the things in life, that we spend the most time on, amount to anything for God?
It is often way easier to talk the talk then it is to walk the walk. How often do we tell someone we will pray for them only to forget about their trouble five minutes later and carry on with our own lives? The Sadducee’s and the Pharisees were very “religious people” in their own eyes. God saw right through them. John the Baptist refers to them as vipers in Matthew 3:7. When thrown in the fires of life how do we react and how do we come through? Do we let things and people destroy us? How often are we all pretty on the outside but our inside is falling apart?
Now let’s talk about the real pearls. They are not bright white. They are not all the same size or shape. It takes a lot of work and time to get them to a point where they are ready to be used for necklaces. They start out as a grain of sand, then they are plucked from the bottom of the ocean, then after a little cleaning and polishing they end up being a beautiful creation of God. If thrown into a fire, they might be scarred but would still come out being a pearl on the inside.
I think the pearl is one of God’s most amazing miracles and the perfect example of how we should be. Genesis 2:7 tells us we also started out as dust of the ground. God looks down and picked us up from the world and offers us His love. If we allow him, he will clean and polish us up so we are able to do His will. Through prayer and reading our bible, our lives are enhanced by God’s love and grace.
Which Pearl are You?
Just like pearls we are all different but we are all special. Matthew 10:30 tells us that God knows the number of hairs on our head. We should also be solid like the pearl. Everything we stand for should be built upon a solid foundation. Psalms 62:7 tells us in God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength and my refuge is in God. To be solid means to be strong but also consistent inside and out. God is always with us. He sees our many personalities. He sees us at our worst and He sees us at our best so why should we put on a fake personality to please man. And lastly, we should stand firm through the fire. When troubles and trials of life get us down we should rely on God and have faith He is always with us. He promises us in Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.
The real test of value is how well something holds up under the wear, tear, and abuse of everyday life. Those who stand up for Christ in spite of their troubles truly have lasting value and will receive great rewards (Matt 5:11)