More Precious than Gold

September 17, 2020

There may be a number of things that you and I consider precious. Some of them may be objects, and some of them may be other people. Do you realize that there are things that God considers precious as well? A passage in 1 Peter 1 shows us a beautiful picture of this.

God considers us as precious

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Beautiful, huh? God’s mercy leads to us being born again, and to an inheritance that cannot be harmed in any way, and to God’s protection of our eternal destinies with Him. God’s provision and care for us is amazing! We are precious to our Heavenly Father.

And not only that, but consider what Peter says next in verses 6-7.

God considers our faith as precious

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.(1 Peter 1:6-7)

We are able to rejoice in the truth of what we just read in verses 3-5 even though, and don’t miss the language, for a little while, if necessary, we face trials. Trials don’t always happen, and they don’t last forever. Even if they last a lifetime on this earth, they don’t last for eternity.

And then there is the language used in verse 7 – our tested faith is more precious than gold that perishes though tested by fire. Imagine an ancient goldsmith, heating raw gold ore in a container, the ‘trial’ of heat causing the impurities to rise to the top and the goldsmith skimming off the impurities. As this goes on, more and more impurities rise to the top and are skimmed off, the goldsmith sees his refection in the liquid and knows he has pure gold.

What a picture! Trials in our lives are like fire, causing the impurities (sin) to surface in our lives, and if we allow the great Goldsmith to ‘skim’ those impurities out over time, someday He will see His reflection in us! An amazing way to look at trials!

God should be precious to us.

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)

Again, this is in the context of trials! Peter exhorts us to respond to God with joy that is inexpressible and full of glory – so incredible and overwhelming that we can’t fully explain it to someone if they asked us about it!

We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Likewise, God is precious to us when we understand how precious we are to Him! Amen!

About The Author

Randy Jones

Randy Jones is an Assistant Pastor and serves in two primary areas: overseeing the administrative departments of Cornerstone as well as helping shepherd the young families in the church. Randy arrived at Cornerstone in May of 2012 with over 20 years of experience in church and para-church ministries.