Uncovering the brilliance of true identity

Have you ever held a finely cut diamond in your hand and marveled at the beauty of its sparkling brilliance? Reflect for a moment on the origin of that magnificent gem. Deep in the earth, buried under tons of dirt and rock it lay, to be uncovered only after lengthy and difficult labor, and then cut and polished by skilled hands into a thing of beauty.

Far surpassing this lovely gem is the brilliance of our God-given identity as the perfect image and likeness of God. Christ Jesus showed us how we could find this precious "gem"—our spiritual sonship. The way to discover, or uncover, this often hidden but nonetheless real selfhood is simple but profound. In the words of the Bible, "What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" Mic. 6:8.

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