You may have heard the analogy of how living the Christian life is like a diamond being formed. A diamond is formed by taking carbon, applying time and pressure. Similarly, a Christian “diamond” is made by taking a carbon life-form and applying time and pressure. A Christian’s faith and character is developed as we are put into situations that test us and allow us to grow. James 1:2-4 tells us to, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” A spiritual diamond! Brought to the point of perfection in Christ.
As I reflect on it, there is something missing in this comparison. A compressed piece of coal is still an unrefined rock, dull and dirty. There is still work to be done. The skill of a Master cutter is needed. For that stone to become brilliant, it needs to be cut and fashioned in such a way as to maximize the reflection of light. That means that the rough edges and dirty areas must be chipped away. It is only after this work is performed that the stone is made ready to capture light and reflect it all around. Continue reading “Under Pressure”