Discover the Diamond Within You, Part 3:

Once We Find It, What Shall We Do?

October 2, 2005

The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Pastor

Montgomery United Methodist Church

 

Matthew 5:14-16

   14"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;

   15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

   16"Let your light so shine before people that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

 

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, good morning. We’ve been looking these last few weeks at discovering the diamond within you. In this third and concluding sermon of the series, I’d like to ask the question, “Once we find it, what shall we do about it?”

 

Just to recap a bit, our lives are like a field. Before we find God, before we’re in touch with the Holy Spirit of God, it’s like a field that has a diamond in it, undiscovered. Perhaps you’ll be talking to a friend, and you’ll get onto the topic of spirituality. They’ll say, “What’s so special about the Christian message? I’d like to be on a spiritual journey. What can it do for me?”

 

You might tell them, “Well, in each person, there is a God-shaped emptiness, a God-shaped emptiness that can only be filled by the Holy Spirit of God. And within each person is an undiscovered diamond that is your soul, your essential being. When you invite Jesus Christ into your life, that God-shaped emptiness is filled, and you discover the diamond that is you, that is your soul, that is that elegant, beautiful, light-filled wonder that is uniquely you, that God has created in His own likeness and image, male and female, and put within your heart.”

 

When you invite Jesus Christ into your life, my friend, the God-shaped emptiness is suddenly filled, and you discover not only the presence of God but your own unique specialness, your own unique wonder, that of you that has existed since before all time, that exists now, and ever will, within the heart of God. That’s the diamond within you. Jesus Christ can take that diamond and brush off the sand and smooth out the rough edges that sin and mistakes have made and rend you flawless before Almighty God. That’s what having God in your life through Jesus Christ can do. Not bad, wouldn’t you say?

 

When you have discovered that truth, something wonderful happens. Throughout my life, I have had the privilege of being evangelized to God through Jesus Christ through the people of the church. Yes, I’ve heard some great preachers in my time, and they have influenced me, but not nearly as much as the people who sit in the benches of the church Sunday after Sunday and let that diamond come through.   

 

So, once you have found that diamond, that creation of God that is uniquely you, once you realize how beautiful and wonderful and unique and special it is, what shall you do? What shall you do with this wonderful revelation?

 

We have the answer in this morning’s Gospel. Jesus says it to us in three little words: “Let it shine.” Let the unique light that is coming from you shine forth. God has put talents and abilities in you and in me that are absolutely unique. Our job is to let those talents and abilities shine. Jesus said, “Don’t put your light under a bushel.” Don’t hide it with fear – isn’t that what the bushel is? Let it shine. Let it shine so that it gives light to all who are in the house, so that it blesses people.

 

Friend, what do you with the diamond that is within you? You let it shine! You let it shine to the people in your home. You let it shine to the people in your church. You let it shine to the people in your workplace. Wherever you go, let it shine. That’s Jesus’s invitation to us. Don’t waste a minute; don’t let another day go by. Don’t be afraid. Let it shine.

 

I’ve got a good friend here in the church who talks about praying with people, and about how his spiritual journey has taken him from being a bit reticent about it to the point where, when someone come to him with a problem and want to talk about it, he says, “I’ll pray for you.” Or he stops what he’s doing right then and there and prays for the person.

 

My friend, you know who you are. I’ve been privileged to know a man who was in his nineties when God blessed me to meet him. Soon after I met him, he was in a wheelchair. He came to this church. You always knew, when you shook hands with this gentleman, that you would see the light of Christ sparkle in his eyes, and he’d have something good to say to you. He had a way of lifting you up. You would come away from him feeling better about yourself than you had before you shook hands with him. Some of you have had the privilege of knowing Joel Nystrom, after whom our fellowship hall is named.

 

I know young people in this church who have God in their hearts. Maybe they have some disabilities of the physical kind or the developmental kind or the peer pressure kind or the homework kind or the challenge kind, but they are kind, and they let their light shine.

 

Won’t you? What’s your unique gift? Before this morning’s service (I hadn’t planned to put this in) we had a fellow in the room who had a problem with his hand; he’d had an injury last night.  We were greeting each other, and there was a physician in the room. The physician came over and looked at it. I saw the physician telling him what to do and helping him out. Greeting time took a little longer, so I just sat down and let the doctor do his healing work. He was letting his light shine!

 

What is it for you? What is your light? Is it leadership? Is it love? Is it your smile? Is it your word of encouragement? Is it your hug? Is it your ability to manage things? What is your light? My friend, that light comes from the diamond within you, the unique creation that you are. And Jesus has three words for you: “Let it shine.”  Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

 

God loves you. I do, too. Have a blessed week. Amen.

 

© 2005 Anthony J. Godlefski