Saturday, September 27, 2014

A ruby is hard. This means it is a tough job to break one. You can't just toss it on the floor and break it apart. It takes work.
How hard are you? Can the devil just toss you around and make you shatter? Or do you know what the Bible says and stand fast by it no matter what?
A woman should be like a chocolate covered peanut; soft on the outside but hard on the inside. We should be feminine on the outside but hard as a ruby (that is, harder than steel) in our faith in God.
A ruby is brilliant. This doesn't mean it can pass the SAT test with a perfect score, though I do believe we should strive to build our intelligence.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:" [1]
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." [2]
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of The Holy is understanding." [3]
God wants us to use and build on everything He has given us, including our brains.
"...thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." [4]
We should be trying to increase our intelligence by starting with God's Word.
But brilliant in terms of a ruby means it shines out.
We should have the love of God shining out in our every action.
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."  [5]
Jesus should be a light that glows from you out to the world, including the world in your own home.
The rareness of a top quality ruby makes it more valuable than a diamond. It is known as the “King of Gemstones” to many. An 8x6mm (that is much smaller than the tip of your pinky), 1.8 ct stone just sold for $137.07; and God said a virtuous woman is worth MORE than a ruby.
A ruby is made of a combination of aluminum oxide and chrome. This is interesting. These are relatively common minerals, yet when combined under the right conditions, they create this valuable stone.
God made us out of dirt, born to common humans. There is nothing special in our chemical make-up. Yet, like the ruby, we are valuable beyond comparison, if we are virtuous.

[4] Matthew 25:21
[5] Colossians 3:17

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