The wise men brought precious gifts (gold frankincense and myrrh) to Jesus much like the queen of Sheba brought spices, very much gold, and precious stones to Solomon (1 Kings 10:2). Precious stones include Diamonds, Sapphires, and Rubies. Things are precious because they are rare (not common or not easy to get), unique, (different than normal), meaningful (remind you of special people or events), valuable (others want them or will pay for them), or limited (such as time, money, or possessions).
The Bible describes precious things such as possessions, principles, people and more.
Possessions are Precious – Have you ever received something that was re-gifted to you? Maybe you also did not want it and re-gifted it to someone else. You tend to value the things for which you worked hard or purchased with your own money. Students can be proud of the college degree they earned by investing much time, money, and hard work. Home owners can be proud of the house they worked hard to purchase (Proverbs 12:27).
A Good Name is Precious – A good name cannot be purchased but must be earned. It takes many years to build a good name, but only a few minutes to lose it (Proverbs 22:1). You are unique – only you are you! Money comes and goes, but your name is with you throughout life (Ecclesiastes 7:1).
Wisdom is Precious – Why is “common sense” so UNcommon? Wisdom seems to be rare. It is wise to ask wise people to share their wisdom with you. Knowledge can change and be replaced with new knowledge as you learn. Wisdom builds and grows with time (Proverbs 3:15). Precious wisdom is a lifetime investment.
Food is Precious – You can live without a fancy house, a nice car, and expensive clothing. But you cannot live long without food and water. Farmers are proud of the food they have grown or the livestock they have raised (James 5:7).
Life is Precious – First responders often put their own lives at risk to rescue someone else. Someone willing to die for a cause is a martyr, but someone who shows great courage and risks his own life for others is called a hero. People will give all they have to preserve their precious life (Job 2:4).
Troubles and Trials are Precious – Trials and testings prove worth. Just as there is a test to prove a diamond is real, God allows tests in our lives to prove to the world our true faith. God did not promise that Christians would have easy lives. But, He promised us an inheritance that cannot be destroyed, downgraded, or diminished in any way. Rewards are reserved in Heaven for the Christian (1 Peter 1:7)!
Memories are Precious – Many years ago at a SWM Mission Retreat, as our children played “hide and seek” in the woods, I told a friend, “They have to play to have fun, but we can sit on this porch and share memories to have fun.” Nothing can replace your memories. Consider that God considers you precious (Psalm 139:17). It is also precious to remember the many blessings He has given you!
Your Soul is Precious – Your soul still lives after your body dies. You cannot purchase your soul’s eternal life (Matthew 16:26). But God says your soul is precious to Him (Psalm 49:8). Think about it – you are precious to God! You have many precious things, but the most precious thing you have is the knowledge that you are precious to God. You cannot buy God’s love. He freely gives it to you. “Since thou wast precious in my sight… and I (God) have loved thee…” (Isaiah 43:4).
The Blood of Christ – The Apostle Peter, who was an eyewitness to Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, stated that salvation comes by the “precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:19).
Time is Precious – Jesus Christ, God’s Son, died for you, was buried, and arose alive from the grave. He offers free salvation to “as many as received Him” (John 1:12). You have a limited amount of time in this life. Now is the time to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Pray to receive Jesus Christ now! Pray like this, then follow Him with your life. Pray:
“Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus can and will save me from my sin. Now I accept Jesus as my Savior. Make me a new person in Christ. I now follow Jesus with my life. Amen.”
The Lord’s Coming is Precious – “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1:1) describes the precious coming of the Lord. Christians will one day be with the Lord who gave us eternal life. Heaven is Precious for Christians. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (PS 116:15). Christians have this precious promise, precious truth, and blessed hope.
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