Pastor Alex Adegboye
We live in a country where many people cherish titles – bishops, reverends, canons, elders, deacons, professors and the likes. People seek titles in order to enhance their self-worth and identity so they will be properly respected in the society, but titles are meant to serve the purpose of administrative convenience.
Jewels, on the other hand, are the people God has chosen for Himself. They are very special in the sight of God. It is far better to be a jewel with God than to pursue titles and recognition with men.
There are three popular beliefs about self:
- What you think about yourself – self opinion.
- What other people think about you – public opinion.
- What God thinks about you – God’s opinion.
The third belief is the most important because it determines the value God places on your life. In Mal 3:17, God says, “I will make up my jewels… ” Are you precious to the Lord? Are you one of His jewels? The Bible represents us with different names and appellations, for example, we are called the sons and daughters of God, apples of God’s eyes, My anointed, salt of the earth, light of the world, lively stones and servants of God. All those names are quite significant but the jewels Of God are no less important. God says in Mal 3:17 that “He will make up jewels for Himself.”
Certain books are mentioned in the Bible. All the things that concern our lives are recorded in three different compartments (books) in heaven.
- ‘The Book of life’ contains the names of everyone. Rev 20:12
- ‘The Books’ contain the record of our works.
- ‘The Book of remembrance.’ Mal 3:16
Every work that you do before you gave your life to Christ counts for nothing, and immediately after salvation, our works begin to count, and are recorded in the book of remembrance. In Acts 10:4, Cornelius was a devout man who made offerings to God. As he waited and fasted unto the Lord, his offerings came up to God as a memorial. God checked from the ‘book of remembrance’ and He was reminded of the good works Cornelius did.
We discovered, in the Bible, that there are different vessels in God’s house.
2 Tim. 2:19 says, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.”
What kind of vessel are you? You have to stop asking yourself what kind of person you are or what people think about you, but you should rather ask, what does God think about you? There was a man who asked Jesus what he needs to do in order to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Jesus told him to sell all he has and give the proceeds to the poor, and then, he will have treasures in heaven. The Bible says he went away sorrowfully because he had great possessions. (Matt 19:21). I can tell you authoritatively that, the treasures of heaven are people. It is not gold. It is not silver.
Three important points about treasures:
- The fact that you are a child of God does not make you a treasure.
- The fact that people call you treasure does not make you a treasure.
- The fact that you have a lot of treasures does not make you a treasure.
Who are the treasures or jewels in the sight of God?
- Those who see Jesus in the needy. Prov 14:31, 17:5.
- Those who find time to pray and intercede for other people. James 5:16.
- Those who give out of their substance to the poor. Prov 19:17.
- Those who give out of their time. Ps 31:15.
- Those who help and minister to strangers. Heb 13:2.
- Those who serve God in His vineyard. 1 Pet 2:16.
Consequences for the jewels.
- Persecution. Matt 5:10-11.
- God is responsible for them. Mal 3:17.
- Special protection. Mal 3:18, Is 26:3.
Philip. 2:5-11 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
A life that is given away for the Lord’s use is the life that is worth living. A life of selflessness. This is what will make you a jewel in the sight of God, which will also produce eternal dividends. Moses, during his lifetime, gave up his right to the throne of Egypt so that he can serve God. He would rather suffer afflictions with the Israelites than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. According to the Scriptures, the corpse of Moses was not found. In other words, when Moses died, God did not commit his burial to humans. God had to bury Moses by Himself because Moses was a jewel.
The widow in the Bible emptied her vessel. When she emptied it, the vessel continued to be filled. When you empty yourself, you will be continually filled. Continual fulfillment is for those who give their lives away. Job gave himself away. Even though he had problems; he prayed for his friends. When you create time for God, God will create extra time for you. A life that is dedicated to the Lord’s service is the life that is significant to God which will make you become a jewel of God.