The sun is shining brightly this morning, reminding you of the glories of heaven that is soon to come. Heaven is my home, and soon I will bring you to be with me, that where I am, there you may be also. There is no delay now, for my people are moving into line, catching the light that is shining from my throne, rejoicing in it and sharing it with others. All activity in heaven is now centered upon my people to help them get ready for my coming. I write this to you because I want you to know what is going on beyond the veil where you cannot see. But we are all of one family, and the Spirit keeps us connected with each other so that not a gem will be lost of the radiance and glory that we are sending to you each day.
Now for the topic of the day. I want to talk to you today about gems. As you know, when gems are taken from the earth they are often unrecognizable to the eye of a person who knows nothing about gems. But an expert gemologist can tell the difference between a true gem and an ordinary stone. So it is with people. You may see a rough, unkempt person as being a worthless, ordinary stone. But I can see the heart of the person and know what a beautiful gem he or she could become if they would yield to the polishing of the Master.
Unlike stones, all people are gems in the rough, for they have come from my original creation of mankind. But unlike stones, each person can choose whether they want to submit to the polishing process, or refuse, and never become the beautiful gem they could have been in my hands. Everyone who is a member of my kingdom will have gone through the cutting and polishing process. But I have allowed each person to decide how far they will go in the process. Many will be in heaven who are satisfied somewhere along the way just to accept and to know me and love me as their Savior, but have never aspired to the heights of greatness that they could have been. Even in the cleansing and polishing process, I allow the free will of each person's choices. I do not condemn anyone who loves and accepts me but is satisfied with mediocrity. I am just saying to you that there is no ceiling or limit which I set to the spiritual and intellectual growth of anyone. Many ordinary people have become great because they never stopped in their spiritual growth as long as life lasted, while others of superior talents and gifts did not expand them to their full capacity. But I do not require greatness for salvation. I require submission to the influence of my Spirit leading them to me and accepting my salvation for them and living a life of humble obedience and service, as I have set the standard by the example of my life on earth. To know me is life eternal. But within that framework is freedom to cultivate such a close relationship with me that one's full potential is realized, both in this life and the life to come.
So don't you want to become a gem of rare and exquisite beauty? The more the stone is polished, the more colors and rays of light it reflects from the sun. I can do that for you if you walk with me through the polishing process. Every trial you go through is a part of that polishing process, and gives you the ability to reflect in your life more light and glory from me to others. So I invite you today to submit to the polishing process by walking with me every moment of your day, and the world and all of heaven will see the brightness of your rising [Isa. 60:1-3] as you become everything I have created you to be. Lovingly Jesus.
Addendum notes for further study:
"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your *rising." Isa. 60:1-3, NIV. [*KJV.]
"He is well pleased when they make the very highest demands upon Him, that they may glorify His name. They may expect large things if they have faith in His promises." DA 668.
"It is a part of God's plan to grant us an answer to the prayer of faith, that which He would not bestow did we not thus ask." GC 525.
"To us as well as to the disciples, Christ has given the work of carrying the truth to the world.... Christ invites all to count the cost. He assures them that if they take hold of the work with undivided hearts, giving themselves as light bearers to the world, if they will take hold of his strength, they will make peace with Him, and obtain supernatural assistance that will enable them in their weakness to do the deeds of Omnipotence. If they go forward with faith in God, they will not fail nor become discouraged, but will have the assurance of infallible success." 5 BC 1121.