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A Diamond Called Hope

January 18th, 2010 Posted in essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons

Have you heard of the Hope Diamond?

It is a described as the most perfect blue diamond in the world. It is one of the most valuable gems on the face of the planet, worth $250 million. It has an amazing history, having passed from King Louis of France to Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great to King George of England, and ultimately to various wealthy people.

And yet, despite its enormous value, one of the eccentric owners of this rare blue diamond would often strap it to her pet dog’s collar. There are also stories that she would frequently misplace it at parties, and then make a children’s game out of “Finding the Hope.”

Under lock and key

The Hope Diamond ended up with New York diamond merchant Harry Winston, who ultimately donated it to the Smithsonian Museum. Today, it sits guarded behind bulletproof glass.

BTW, Winston sent the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian through the U.S. Mail in a plain brown paper bag. Imagine something worth $250 million being sent in the mail in a brown paper bag.

That’s why men should never wrap gifts.

Taking something of value for granted

Imagine the Hope Diamond on a dog’s collar or in a brown paper bag! Something so valuable, yet so unappreciated.

It reminds me of the most precious gift that God has given to us, something we may not appreciate.

I am speaking of our salvation.

God has saved us, is saving us, and will save us from future judgment. No other gift comes close to that.

A great salvation

I think that, far too often, we take the gift of personal salvation for granted. The Bible calls it “so great a salvation!”

When we believe in Jesus Christ and turn from our sins, this glorious gift (worth far, far more than the Hope Diamond) becomes ours. The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8).

Let’s not take God’s salvation for granted today.

5 Responses to “A Diamond Called Hope”

  1. Danny & Marco Vincent says:

    Greg, how awesome to know that our Lord God is always speaking us (although some dont often realize).We you were just using this example to our clients (being Master Jewelers & Designers for 30yrs & owning a Jewelery Store)that when we design a piece of jewelery or a Wedding Ring, & the customer wants a “bling” piece designed,we mention to them that the ring for example is just monetary item,to not invest to much time & money into the their first ring, but to invest into the relationship always & consistantly, then God will provide all the futre bling at His will & perfect timing & items, things,& possions are temporal & meaningless.We also mention to them that we are by Gods Design & not by coincidence(So I couldn’t agree we you more reguarding the story of the “Hope Diamond”. May God continue Blessing Your Ministry & Family, and “To God Be The Glory”.

  2. sandy mcgarrh says:

    Pastor Greg,

    Thank you for reminding me not to take my salvation for granted!!

    Hee Haw from Texas!
    Sandy

  3. Rachael Re says:

    This was a very good story. I love you and your ministry. Thank you for everything you do.

    Rachael

  4. JennaAussie says:

    I was introduced to a lovely couple recently who just happened to be very wealthy… Part of me felt very intimidated by their assets and lifestyle but I also recognize they are just human, so endevoured to chat to them as regularly as I would with anyone. After leaving them I felt God really speak to me about my own wealth – that is, my salvation and relationship with Jesus. How incomparable these types of treasures and valuables are! I am rich beyond my wildest dreams.. and yet in the every day life is so easy to forget this. Like the person in the parable who sells everything he owns to buy a field in which the real treasure is, I am so aware of God’s extravagance toward me.. and those who put their faith in him.
    This is our confidence…. that we have what really matters the real treasure and we need to show others and share it….
    thanks for a great blog entry !

  5. All for Him says:

    This is so true. Something so valuable that cannot be purchased with any monetary amount is treated like something that is worthless. But it is the riches and gems that we are after that will one day be the building blocks of our mansions in Heaven. But who cares about a house made of gold or diamonds, when our biggest treasure, Jesus, is going to give us the privilege of spending an eternity with him!

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