The Diamond of Great Price

IMG_0572One day a buyer shopping drops by a large Gemolite chain store in one of those big buildings in Downtown Cloudburst. That store is a branch of a jewellery manufacturing company and exquisite “gemolites” are its main products, although it sells other gems too.

What are “gemolites,” you may ask. “Gemolites” are rock-hard man-made gems; unlike real diamonds which are natural and can be mined from the bosom of the earth, “gemolites” are perfect imitations of the natural. They have the color and the sparkle of the real. It is virtually impossible to distinguish a man-made diamond from the genuine. Natural diamonds are very precious, but a “gemolite” you can always afford.

But one gem, different from the others, catches the man’s attention. “I want that,” he says. “How much is it?”

“It’s not a gemolite,” the seller says. “It’s real, and very expensive. I’ll give you a discount; just get a gemolite. We have plenty of gemolite stocks. They cost only a fraction of the price of that gem.”

“No, I want that one,” the buyer insists. “How much?”

“A very large amount.” He looks onto the man’s eyes. “Very large.”

“You think I cannot afford it?”

“Well, many of my customers have been coming and going just to see that gem, promising me they will come back. If you’re determined to buy it, you can.”

“How much then?”

The seller pauses for a while. “Everything you have, sir.”

It has taken a while for the buyer to make up his mind. “Ok. I’ll buy it.”

“How much do you have?” The seller wants to know. “Here, let’s write everything down.”

“I have seventy-five and a half million pesos in a national bank.”

“Any other bank?”

“Another sixty-three and half million in a local bank.”

“I’ll have those. Any other?”

“I have dollar account in a Zurich bank. Twenty-five million dollars US.”

“Ok, I’ll have those too. Any other?”

The man starts digging. “Well, let’s say— five twenties, ten fifties, fifteen hundreds, and a thousand. Three credit cards. Two cellular phones.”

“I’ll get those. What else?”

“I’ll have to pawn my laptop to produce more money.”

“You have a laptop?”

“I have one with me, two at home, and two desktops in my office.”

“I’ll have all those. You own that office? I’ll get that also.”

“But it’s where I conduct business.”

“You have a business? I’ll have that too.”

“I have three actually.”

The man listed them down. “I’ll get those. What else?”

“I only have coins here for my car’s gasoline.”

“I’ll have those coins also. You said you have a car? I’ll get that too.”

“What? How can I go home? You want me to walk?”

“You have a house? I’ll have that also.”

“You want me to live in hut?”

“Ok. I will also get your hut, including the land on which you built it.”

“My. I will be forced to live in a tent.”

“I’ll get your tent also.”

“Well, you already got everything I have— my money in the bank, my car, my house, my hut, my land, my computers, my office building, my businesses. What else do you want?”

“You have a family?”

“Yes, my wife and three kids.”

“Yes, your wife and three kids too.”

“That leaves me nothing. I want to give that diamond as a gift to my wife, and you also got her.”

“And you too.” The seller looks at him. “I own you. Everything you have, including you yourself.”

Then he goes on. “Now, I want you to listen. You can have this diamond, and you can keep with you all those things you have in your possession for the time being. But I want you to always remember that they are all mine. And whenever I need any of those, you must give them up, because I own those, and I own you, and I own everything that you are and everything that you will be.”

This is basically what it means when we come to terms with the idea that the Christian is God’s purchased possession. We own nothing in this world, including our bodies; we are just stewards of God’s property. One day, we may give an accounting on how we use, or misuse, them.

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