This morning, I put on a necklace – a special string of pearls my Mum gave me, 34 years ago.
Suddenly as I looked at the reflection of the necklace in the mirror, this thought came to me; which I believe is a word from the Lord that some of you need to read this morning.
When you look at a pearl necklace, is all you see a string of identical looking, beautiful pearls?
No two pearls are the same. Every single pearl that has ever been formed inside the shell of a mollusk is a genuine, one-off; produced out of discomfort yet beautiful – highly prized and sought after.
The church is like a necklace of pearls. You, even as you read this, are being honed, formed – not perfect yet but a work in progress; beautiful and made righteous in His sight through Jesus Christ. You are unique – a one off. No two “pearls” in God’s necklace are the same!
You are not alone – you are joined to the body of Christ; the church – strung forever into his beautiful necklace of pearls – each one His unique one-off pearls
God knows you – down to the deepest parts of your soul
where no one else can go! And He knows your name.
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”
What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[k]? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.