Walking through the mall, I can’t help but stop to look in the jewelry store’s glass display cases. I’m fascinated by the beauty and sparkle of all of those diamonds and other precious gems. Their luminosity is worthy of “oohs” and “ahhs”. When these stones are first mined, they are very ordinary looking. But in the hands of the master cutter, their true brilliance comes out. The cutter has only one motivation: to bring all of the radiance out of the stone. Its sparkle is a testimony to the cutter’s creativity. Diamonds and precious stones are displayed by the jeweler under special lights that bring out every facet. But if you take a diamond out of the case away from the lights, some of the sparkle disappears. And if you take the diamond into a dark room, there is no sparkle at all. Diamonds require light in order to shine. Diamonds also require a cleaning to shine. When a diamond is covered with grime, no one can see its true brilliance. We are all masterpieces of God. When Jesus cleanses us, we shine with His own light. And the closer we stay to our Creator, the more others are able to see His beauty in us.