I Am a Pearl
I was doing some thinking the other day. That is a dangerous prospect, at times. But I digress.
I was thinking about what the Bible says about sin. Specifically, I was thinking about, as a Christian, my sins have been forgiven. I know that, because Jesus sacrificed himself for you, me and everyone else, that he took the punishment for all our sins, and bore them on that cross. When we are redeemed in the eyes of God, he remembers our sins no more. As it says in Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
God took our sins away, through His son. We are no longer judged by our past sins, because they have been removed from us. Yet, still we remember our sins. They come back in our memories. Things we have done, people we have hurt (not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally), and the list can go on. And I started thinking again about the blood of Christ. Blood that was shed for you and I. That purest of sacrifices that was made so that we might live free from the bondage of sin. How can we be truly saved and redeemed if our past still haunts us?
Then I thought of the pearl. And I remembered.
Most of you probably have seen pearls, strung in beautiful necklaces, adorning the necklines of ladies. Some have even said that the beauty of a pearly was “flawless.” But did you know that, in order for it to form, it started with a flaw?
That’s right. A flaw. An irritant. A gritty little piece of sand that got caught in an oyster, that the oyster just could not get rid of. (Kind of like a memory that won’t leave you in peace.) That tiniest speck of sand, or other material, gets covered in a substance called nacre, also called mother-of-pearl. Nacre begins to cover that irritant…layer by layer…over and over, until it is no longer rough and irritating, but smooth. Eventually, those layers have built up so much, that it results in the pearl you can now find on those necklaces.
Dear readers…our lives are the irritants. Not just the memories, but our sins. The bible says that all “have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). But it is the blood of Christ that covers our sins, much like that nacre. That precious blood covers up our sins, over and over, until that sin in our lives is no longer recognizable. By accepting the salvation of Christ in our lives, we invite that blood covering. Over and over in our daily walk with God, and his Son, we are continually covered by that blood. His nacre, his blood, is creating a jewel that, when our time on earth has ended, and we are before our Lord, there will be nothing to remind Him of our sins…just a flawless pearl.
Accept His grace, and his love. Let his blood wash away your sins, covering up that which is flawed; making you an irritant no longer, but a beautiful, flawless pearl.