(Lessons from the Heart: A Ring Box Christian-Part 1 of a 15 part series)
Marriage is an institution that solidifies the symbol of a union between a man and woman, it starts when a person gives an engagement ring which is a precious piece of jewelry-and we might add that it can be passed down through generations — if you take proper care of it.
Of course, most people will never open their ring box and expect something ugly inside, but if there were ever a circumstance where a young man got on one knee and pulled out the ring box to give it to a young lady and she responded by saying, what a “beautiful box, it’s what I’ve always wanted, throw away what’s inside, I’m the happiest women on earth.” Then most people would probably say, this is a comedy skit of some type.
In reality, the ring on the inside is always the main attraction of the moment, the box solely exist to make the ring look good-Mostly you would see features like black or white satin or velvet aligning the box to make the ring stand out and shine.
But if we are to follow the Apostle Paul-who uses jars of Clay to make the same reference in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31- Paul simply declares, that we are ordinary people -in ordinary packages not ornate glass vases. Paul then urges us to not live in a way that draws attention to ourselves-instead we seek to showcase the brilliance and beauty of the spiritual being inside of us. In an age in which we see preachers wear diamond watches, ask for “new” jets planes-to replace the older model that works perfectly fine, arrive in a motorcade of limousines and highlight the reaching influence in their community of the national ministries.
The Prophets of Biblical age probably wouldn’t have been impressed by the new age “money earning” preachers in our modern time. They (Prophets) by all historical doctrine were humble men of humble beginnings. If we are to be “true,” people of faith, acknowledge that humility is vital to discipleship, which requires that we love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). All that is inside of us.
That means the truly “ring box,” outside will never replace the shining diamond on the inside of you, as Paul would suggest-we simply have to understand, the diamond treasure inside of you shines brightest, only when you polish your soul. Inside of you is the brightest, biggest diamond that man has ever seen. So forget about the wonderful outside, work on the diamond inside of you. glg