There are a variety of things in our lives we call “precious”. The “precious” baby kitten snuggled against its mother. The “precious” baby girl who coos at her mother while blowing bubbles. The “precious” butterfly sailing through the air. The “precious” memories we hold in our hearts of our grandparents or grandchildren. I even have a few pieces of jewelry that I consider to be “precious”.
What are your precious possessions? These are things that can’t be replaced by money. But we have to remember that your worth is not based on your wealth, but on your relationship to the Lord. People and possessions will perish, but God has given us a few things that won’t perish.
God gives us precious trials. In 1 Peter 1:7 we learn that our faith is made more precious (or genuine) through the trials we face in life. Our trials have a way of helping us like nothing else can. This passage relates our trials to refining gold, which includes heating the gold extremely hot to remove impurities. Our trials bring us closer to God, too, by removing impurities from our life. Think about it this way: the disciples wouldn’t have known that Jesus could walk on water without the storm. Noah wouldn’t have known safety without the flood. Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego wouldn’t have known rescue without the fiery furnace. The same is true with you and me! If I had never had a problem in life, I wouldn’t have known what faith in God could do. We learn more about God though these times of precious trials.
God also gives us precious blood that can not perish, as we are told in 1 Peter 1:18-19. What makes Jesus’ blood precious? It’s the exact and only price demanded by God to pay for our sin-debt. Jesus’ blood is proof of God’s love for you and me (see John 3:16). Since it’s precious, we should never be ashamed of Jesus’ blood. Some people have tried to remove the necessity of Jesus’ blood from salvation, but to quote a few songs, “the old rugged cross made a difference” for us. “Nothing but the blood of Jesus” can wash away our sins because “there’s power in the blood” of Jesus. The Bible tells us that without blood there is no remission of sins (see Hebrews 9:22). That makes Jesus’ blood extremely precious.
As Christians, we have a precious Savior (see 1 Peter 2:6-7). Jesus is precious; He is a thing of great value. Why is He valuable today? Well, let me give you a few reasons:
- He loves me with an eternal love. He loved me in eternity past and will love me in eternity future.
- His love is unconditional.
- He cares about me and will never leave me or forsake me.
- He FULLY understands me and meets my every need, as an individual!
- He never gives up on me.
- He is always here for me.
- He paid the ultimate price (His life) for my eternal life.
He may not like everything He sees, but Jesus loves me and wants me for His very own.
Our faith is precious and never be taken away or replaced as told in 2 Peter 1:1. Your faith, or belief system, is a precious thing. When we put our faith in Him, we never have to worry about eternity or even things in this present life. That’s something we often take for granted. Christianity is precious for a variety of reasons: it’s the only true faith; it’s free; it’s complete; it’s eternal; it’s foolproof; it can be lived out yet it’s not based on our works. Wow!!
God has also given us precious promises. 2 Peter 1:4 says that God has given us exceedingly great and precious promises. Want some examples? His love, His grace, His presence (He never leaves us), His Heaven (He has gone to prepare a place for us), His provisions (He will supply ALL of our needs). Did you know that there are over 30,000 promises in the Bible and God keeps them ALL? Not ONE of them has failed nor will they fail! He has the power to do what He’s promised to do. His promises NEVER fail, therefore they are precious. We can live “standing on the promises”!!!
We have been given precious and valuable things. The question is: Are we cherishing them as we should? Are we guarding them and passing them on to others, to the generations that follow?