Cut from the Rock

          I don’t know much about mining, but my limited observation tells me it’s a tough job. The treasures in the mountain – gold, iron, diamonds, etc. – don’t give themselves up easily. These resources must be painstakingly dug or blasted out, at the peril of the life and limb of the miners, and at the expense of the shape of the mountain. The riches don’t come easily or cheaply. However, once cut out, retrieved, and properly refined or shaped, the raw materials are transformed into precious and useful objects. They are cut out to become more than their original state. If they could see and talk, these materials could look back at the severely-bruised mountain, thankful both for the time of formation and for the time of release.

           Isaiah 51:1 says, “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug” (NKJ). We too are raw materials, set securely in Christ, the Rock of our salvation. Our “mining” did not come cheap. The Rock was “…wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities…” Isaiah 53:5. We are now His treasures, “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” Ephesians2:10. Like gold, iron, and diamonds, we are cut out to become more than our original state.

          Why is it then, that like the raw materials in the mountain, we don’t easily give ourselves up? Maybe it’s because we are ignorant to what we can become. Are we acting like the treasures Jesus died for us to be, or are we just lazily languishing in our original, unrefined state? Gold and diamonds only shine when extracted from the place of their formation and refined and cut into useable shapes. Philippians2:15says, “That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (NKJ).

           Look to Jesus, the Rock from which you were hewn, and be not only thankful for the time of formation, but also for the time of refining leading to release into the world to get busy doing that for which you have been mined and shaped. You were cut out for more.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on October 10, 2011.

One Response to “Cut from the Rock”

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