This week I’m delighted to share the very first guest post on Free Indeed, written by my dear blogging friend Julie Loos at unmaskingthemess.com. Her posts always have heartfelt stories, practical wisdom, and genuineness that I really appreciate. In this article she encourages us to recognize the worth we have in Christ. When we truly live out the faith God has so graciously given us, we can shine like rubies.
As I entered the community’s family room, I noticed the snow-white hair of the men and women sitting on couches, chairs and some in wheelchairs. The recognizable song filled my ears and without having to look at the TV I knew Jeopardy was on. I immediately thought my choice of clothing had been picked too hastily as the temperature in the room was very warm.
Sitting across the room on the beige couch, was a petite lady dressed in purple, her white hair was pulled back into a chignon, and her lips were a shade of magenta pink. She was stunningly beautiful and stood out from the rest of the residents. I had to talk to her.
After a few visits, Ruby and I became friends. What struck me the most was not only her boldness of faith but her quiet, inner confidence. Her husband, family, and friends loved her greatly. As these visits continued, I wondered what made Ruby such a special lady.
Her name was not only beautiful, but her life was a testament to God’s definition of the significance of a ruby.
God tells us in His word that,
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies (Proverbs 31:10, NLT)
Why are rubies so valuable?
If Christian women are worth more than a ruby, what makes them so precious?
Rubies Are Unique
I don’t know about you, but I thought diamonds were a girl’s best friend. Rubies, however, are not only more expensive but are extremely rare.
In a world filled with many women, the Christian woman who has Christ dwelling within her, abiding in His calling on her life, and surrendering to His plans is also exceedingly rare.
Rubies Have a Passionate Red Glow
Rubies were so brilliant that only kings could wear them. The darker the shade of red, the more the worth. Christ’s spilling of blood on the cross gives the Christian woman new life – the passion for sharing the Saving News with others. As the woman grows in faith, her desire for God and her ability to shine grows deeper, and the glow gives off more light.
The color and brightness of a ruby makes them treasured.
God chooses us before conception. God knows all the inner workings within and wants her for His purpose because of her uniqueness. She grows and becomes more virtuous as she experiences the good and bad of life and ultimately all of her life showcases His glory.
Rubies are Loved
If you got a precious stone, you would do all you could to protect it. My diamond wedding ring disappeared once, and I was sick to my stomach until I found it. I know it’s only a ring, but what it signified meant a lot to me.
A Christian woman lives life loved by her Creator.
SHE LIVES LIFE KNOWING:
· Her calling is unique.
· His promises to her and her ability to trust Him.
· Her particular importance in her daily calling.
· She is vigorous and confident because God is behind her.
Why do we live like we don’t matter to God?
Maybe you have a past that keeps you from His love.
Life might be hard, and you’re suffering; therefore you can’t believe you’re loved.
We might have expectations of how you thought your life would be, and it’s different from reality.
God might not be your all, in all, so you try to do life in your strength instead of trusting and surrendering to God’s will.
Satan and his lies might also be keeping you from feeling like you are a ruby, so you settle like you’re a ordinary rock blending into the world.
Here’s the thing, living on this earth, many days we won’t feel precious. Our feelings aren’t the truth though, God’s word is. We can live faithful and steadfast because of Christ.
We are precious because Christ paid the price.
Ruby died a few years ago but her legacy and memory live on. She modeled how I want to live my life. I hope to display the same confidence that I am more precious than rubies. Ruby stood out in her passion and love of God and everyone adored her.