“Authentic Spirituality is Like a Diamond” by Dr. Nearline Anderson

Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:15-16

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Spirituality is defined by Bible Study Tools as…
… a life lived within the framework defined by God’s saving acts in His history with His people. This sacred history is reflected in the faith of the community and its liturgy, particularly as that was rehearsed in annual commemorations (such as Passover) and centered around the temple and its practices. The individual appropriated this history and identity, especially in his or her prayer life.

That may seem quite long, but realistically you cannot use a few words to define Spirituality particularly one that is authentic such as that modeled by Jesus Christ. When we think of the word authentic, it is simply to be “real” or genuine. Think of a diamond, it is considered authentic when:

  • It refracts light that passes through it in such a way that the brilliance of that light sparkles so sharply that you know without a doubt it is real
  • Its reflections (color of light that is refracted) show up in various shades of gray, not in rainbow colors such as low-quality diamonds or fake crystals
  • It sinks when dropped in a glass of water signifying its density, it’s realness
  • It withstands high heat and does not shatter easily

 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 ESV)

Let me clarify. God’s work and importance in the life of a genuine Christian can never be compared to a diamond’s value. For God’s pure existence has no price tag. For the sake of helping us understand the foundational concept of this matter of authentic spirituality, let us for a brief moment take into consideration – the diamond.

We live in a world of distrust, increasing falsities and an outright disregard for the model of authentic spirituality that Jesus taught. Every individual has a responsibility to consider his/her neighbor particularly if he/she professes to be a faithful disciple under the tutelage of the Master Teacher.

Just as Jesus provided the spirit of empowerment to the downtrodden, the Gentile (any not of Jewish descent), the hungry, the broken spirited and a host of people with whom only He had the experience of understanding what they were going through; likewise we must press through with His help to provide for the same people who exist, even today.

Possessing the traits of authentic spirituality is another way of saying that we should press forward, Disciples of Christ, with the spirit of the diamond – shining your light so bright that others may know without a doubt that your good works are because of our Father in heaven! It is then that He is truly glorified and the genuine Christian models authentic spirituality!

Dr. Nearline Anderson
Indianola CC (DOC)
Indianola, MS

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