Last month Debbie and I were in western Pennsylvania visiting our grandson, Wyatt (Oh yeah, and his parents). Since Wyatt at age 1 is already a prodigy, we took him to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

One of their exhibits is a stunning collection of minerals and gems. In darkened rooms, beautiful gems and crystals are displayed in individual brightly lit acrylic cases. The shapes and colors of these crystals can be otherworldly.

Yet, seemingly incongruent to the beauty of these gems, was that on the outside they just looked like plain rocks. It was only when the rocks were broken open that their striking beauty became evident.

As I walked through the collection, I wondered, if those who discovered the gems knew what was inside these plain looking rocks before breaking them open.

It was only later that I considered how these gems illustrate a truth about every believer.

At first glance, most of our lives appear mundane and even misshapen. Yet within our lives, God is forming a beauty that is actually dazzling. If you think I am exaggerating, consider how the Bible describes our future in 1 John 3:2.

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when (Jesus) appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is”

The Apostle John is describing what Paul calls our “glorification”, when our character is brought to the same beautiful perfection as that of Jesus!

There are significant implications of our transformation:

 1.  God should be regularly praised for this work which is taking place in this very moment.

2.  Although we are plain and perhaps misshapen, we also have God given beauty in us. If God sees beauty in us, faith and obedience obligates us to agree.

3.  Every true believer has the beauty of God’s gracious work in them. Although we still see (and at times feel) their rough exterior, we are also responsible to acknowledge the work of God within.

4.  We may see people around as lives which are ordinary and even ugly. Yet, every life will shine in beauty when it is broken open by the gospel.


My mind reeled

Tears flowed

The thought staggered me

I had to catch my breath

It was too wonderful to take in!

I had heard it many times before. I have said it many times to others. But on this morning it grabbed me in a fresh and powerful way

The Holy Spirit is in the process of glorifying me until I am like Jesus

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”  1 John 3:2

As I brought these words to God in praise that morning, I could not go any further.

This is not just an idea; this is a flesh and blood reality. One day I will see Jesus, and on that day my heart and character like his.

I am overwhelmed; the question is not just, ‘How could this be true’.

I must also ask:

How can I ever doubt God’s love for me?

How can I ever think He is far?

How can I be without joy?

How can I not serve Him?

How can I not seek to love Him with all my heart mind, soul and strength?

This is truth worth drinking, not sipping. These are thoughts I should ponder and praise. Here is a hope worthy of my best labors. This is a future worth living for – even dying for.

This God is worth serving and submitting to; He is worth obeying wholeheartedly and following continually.

His trials are worth bearing with praise; and the attacks of enemies, we can withstand.

Temptations deserved to be cast aside; and our disappointments can contain a golden thread of hope.

Even our ordinary days all contain the extraordinary in them.

Before God who has such a wondrous future for me, I gladly exchange my agenda and my desires for His.

Because His desire is that I might not just be with Him, but that I would be like Jesus

What more could we want?!