Many years ago, when my daughter became engaged to be married, my future son-in-law took me aside and whispered, “I got her the best I could.” Of course, the ring was beautiful, and my daughter was thrilled.
I have been studying the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth. 1Corinthians tends to remind me of an engagement, with a really large diamond ring, and a really large commitment.
In my last post I compare promises God makes to his followers through the Apostle Paul to a many-facetted diamond. 1 Corinthians begins with a roll of many of the aspects, or facets, of the diamond, such as:
- The knowledge of God’s secret purpose;
- Unity of thought and mind with our brothers and sisters in God;
- Consecration to God, to name a few.
Just as a diamond engagement ring represents a promise, and a signal to the beginning of a life together in marriage, so does God’s brilliant, many-facetted diamond of promise.
The acceptance of the diamond seals the engagement and also binds the parties to a commitment to each other. Along with the acceptance of the diamond ring, the acceptance of Jesus Christ in our lives, come responsibilities, as partially spelled out by Paul in his letter. These responsibilities include spiritual, communal, and temporal duties. In my own experience with God, He does not take this commitment lightly, and neither do I. I am faithful in my vow, and He has never failed me.
Paul ends his letter with a list of more promises from God, through Jesus Christ. Just as a diamond ring may signify the preparations for the wedding day, and life beyond, the actual wedding culminates into taking the first steps as husband and wife.
Paul’s letter has brought me closer to God this New Years week, and I feel richly blessed this holiday season in general. May your New Year bring you the joy that is meant to be through Christ Jesus. Happy New Year!
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