19But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it. 2 Timothy 2:19 (AMP)
The song, “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend” was actually first introduced by Carol Channing in 1949. There have been many adaptations and performances of this song played and replayed throughout the years. A woman’s engagement stone of choice, diamond, preferably a large one. I believe most women would prefer a smaller genuine diamond over a larger cubic zirconia.
A genuine diamond is a marvelous sight to behold. But not everyone can afford a diamond. So man created cubic zirconia. When cubic zirconia first hit the market, after a while they would tend to turn pasty, cloudy and the truth of what they were was revealed. But over the years, the craft has been advanced so well, even jewelers need a tool in order to “test” the stone to verify whether it is genuine or not.
Cubic Zirconia offers people another option, an alternative, to having to spend the amount they would need to in order to get an actual diamond. That is where the stakes are upped a notch. You see, as most women already know, in purchasing a diamond, there are color, cut, quality & clarity and those things can in turn determine the real decision: carat.
Now this great marketing ploy to enable everyone to have what “looks” like the real deal, but isn’t the real deal, at great affordable prices is not limited only to the diamond/cz arena. It is a major “knock-off” industry.
You can get a fake Louis Vuitton “replica”. You can buy a “frolex” (fake Rolex) at practically any park in NYC. People get arrested all of the time for selling non-licensed merchandise.
We purchase these things to look like we have the “real-deal”, knowing that we don’t, but at least we can look like we do. Right? Why is it so important?
Have you ever noticed someone with “diamond” studs, hanging in place of what should be their earlobes? I know that I am not the only one out there that has done a double take. And not only that, I admit it, the first thought that goes through my head, “FAKE”.
I can spot a fake Rolex a mile away. Why? I worked in a high end jewelry store. We had to study genuine Rolex watches, their markings, details and even weight to know the difference. People would actually come in and try to pass off fakes as real. Why? Because if they could get you to work on it, they could come back and say that you stole their genuine Rolex and replaced it with a copycat.
Knock-offs, will always be knock-offs. No matter how good someone gets at creating an excellent fake. And let me tell you something, I have witnessed firsthand people that thought they had purchased the genuine product, only to find out they had been deceived!
Why do we want the imitation? What possesses us to the point that we are willing to purchase the fake in order to pass it off as genuine? What is the motivation behind it? Why do we have to have it, and if we can’t afford it, we will spend money anyway to appear as though we do? Only you can answer that for yourself. What is your deep seeded need?
Do you ever wonder how much time, money, resource and energy is spent in order to copy a fake well enough to pass for the original? Why go through all the trouble: Because people want it, but they don’t want to pay the price.
I know this has been often told in Christian circles. A genuine diamond is years in the making. Did you know that diamonds are forced to the earth’s surface through volcanic eruptions? The ignition point for a diamond, in the air, is 800-1000 degrees Celsius. It can take the heat. It is the hardest natural (translation God made) substance.
Did you know that there are more synthetic diamonds created annually than natural diamonds mined? Why should this matter? It is representative of a world that is not only willing to accept a cheap imitation of something, but a more than eager world that is willing to fill the supply for the demand!
Wake up! This is in every area that surrounds our lives! This isn’t just about accessories! Our lives are filled with substitutes: lust for love, sex for intimacy, homosexual unions for marriage, money for security, Splenda for sugar, fat free for flavor…. All in the guise of equality. Let me tell you something, if you can use these words interchangeably, as if they are the same, instead of seeing that they are fakes trying to take the place of the real thing, you are in danger!
Do you think people are driving by Churches saying, that’s the real deal, because it’s big, sparkly and the parking lot is full? Are they looking at your life, witnessing you under pressure, watching you crack like a cz or do they see a diamond? Do they see you handling the heat and the pressure, the real you in Christ being forced to the surface?
Today’s scripture specifically states that the Lord knows those who are His. You may fool the world, your husband, your best friend or even your local jeweler; but God knows those who are His. You cannot be a manmade synthetic, copy. Aren’t you tired of trying to look like someone else, be someone else, and have the “things” that someone else has? Aren’t you exhausted yet?
I want to be a diamond! However small, discolored, flawed that diamond may be, I want to be the genuine thing. I have yet to read anything in the Bible that says that the walls or gates or roads of Heaven are of manmade, synthetic stones!