For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
~Matthew 6:21b NASB
I recently did an activity with my kids. I asked them to write down the things that are most valuable to them; things that they treasure. I laid out jewel-colored construction paper for them to write on that represented jewels. Blue represented sapphire. Green was for emerald. Red was for ruby. I saved the white to represent a diamond, which they weren’t allowed to write on yet.
My children got busy right away. They wrote “Mama” and “Daddy” on green emerald construction paper. They wrote “Nana” and “Mamaw” on ruby red paper. Then they wrote “Uncle Josh” and “Aunt Bonnie” on blue sapphire paper. Then they wrote more names of family and friends on the colored paper, as well as some of their favorite things, like art, nature, and food. They also decided to write to God and Jesus on a color of their choice.
We talked about other things that we should consider to be valuable that we don’t always recognize as being important—things like time, energy, and resources. We listed these intangible items as well.
When the list was complete, I pulled out the white paper. In the center, I wrote “God.” He is the “Diamond” of them all because He is the most valuable of all gems. From there, we talked about things that are valuable in our relationship with Him, like prayer, worship, reading the Bible, loving others, and so on.
It was a fun lesson that probably taught me more than it did them.
In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
~Colossians 2:3 NLT
I became curious and began to research information on diamonds. I discovered some ways to tell if a diamond is fake or real. One way to discern it is to look for the rainbow coloration. If we can see rainbow colors inside of the diamond, it is a fake.
Interestingly though, if the diamond is real, it reflects rainbow colors onto surfaces. For me, this was a revelation.
If God truly is the most precious and valuable person in our lives, His love and light will flow through us, reflecting onto those valuable things around us.
The colors of the rainbow are like the jewel colors of our lives; the red, blue, and green of precious stones and other colors of semi-precious stones represent the people, places, and things that we love. But if they become a god to us, we are focusing on a false god, just like the fake diamond. However, if God is truly the most precious and valuable person in our lives, His love and light will flow through us, reflecting onto those valuable things around us.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
~Proverbs 25:2 NKJV
There is a reason God made diamonds hard to find. I am reminded of Proverbs 25:2 which reads, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter,” and Colossians 2:3 which reads, “In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
When we place value and honor on God and our relationship with Him, we don’t take the easy way out. We make time for Him. We pray. We read. We seek.When we place value and honor on God and our relationship with Him, we don’t take the easy way out. ~Amanda Eldridge Click To Tweet
I have decided to start asking myself regularly, “Where is your heart?” Will you seek the Lord with me and prioritize the real Diamond and greatest treasure in our lives? Where our heart is, there will our treasure be also.
What is one way you can prioritize God in your life?
Heavenly Father, thank You for being my genuine Diamond—superior above all other gems—and for being the treasure of my heart. Help me to prioritize You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Copyright 2020: Prioritizing the Diamond: Author Amanda Eldridge: All Rights Reserved
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Amanda Eldridge is a devotion writer, blogging for VineWords since 2020. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Amanda is working on a historical fiction novel, set in the North Carolina mountains. She is also writing a romance novel based on her parents’ relationship.
Amanda spends her days exploring the world through the eyes of her two elementary-aged home-schooled children, and two special-needs teens whom she cares for. She is a single mom who loves to hike, read novels, and her Bible.
She is passionate about exploring the foothills, mountains, and coasts of North Carolina, and her children eagerly join her in this quest.
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