(Theodore Cuyler, "Wayside Springs from the Fountain of Life" 1883)
"They will be Mine—in the day when I make up My jewels!" Malachi 3:17
Believers are Christ's jewels! They are purchased at the infinite price of His atoning blood.
As the pearls are only won from the depths of the sea, by the dangerous dive of the fishers—so were the pearls for Messiah's crown brought up from the miry depths of depravity, by the descent of that divine Sufferer who came to seek and to save the lost!
The luster of a gem—depends much on the polishing. This is often a sharp and a severe process. Many of God's people can recall the times when they were under the harsh file, or were pressed down to the grinding-wheel. Blessed be the affliction, however fierce—which gives new luster to the diamond! The Master spends no time upon worthless pebbles; only His jewels are polished for His crown! When these jewels are made ready for His diadem—Christ will take them home unto Himself!
"God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:10-11