A diamond needs to be cut in order to achieve its greatest beauty. That kind of seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? How can cutting a diamond smaller make it better? Those cuts make the diamond shine so much brighter.
Did you know you have something in common with diamonds? First Peter 4:12,13 says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” You know what it is to experience cuts from others for simply living as a Christian. Your neighbor thinks you are unintelligent for trusting God’s Word instead of science. Your coworker thinks you’re old-fashioned and bigoted for believing what God tells us about living for him. Friend, do not think this is strange. Your Savior experienced it too. Your Savior is readying you for the joy of heaven that he won for you by his life and death on a cross.
Jesus tells us we need to be cut and refined as Christians so he can make us shine so much brighter. Take comfort in that today. When you suffer persecution or embarrassment or judgment for being a Christian, know that those cuts are far from a mistake. Instead, God, the most skilled lapidary in the universe, is using them to make you shine even brighter for him.