The largest diamond in 100 years went on sale in 2016 for an estimated price of £50 million. The gem which is about the size of a tennis ball was found in November 2015 in Botswana by a Canadian mining company. This 1109 carat jewel has a name in Botswana’s Tswana language which translates as “Our Light”.
It is interesting that dependant on the situation, what we really value can differ. For example, imagine meeting someone who is about to die from dehydration and the only thing that will save them is the right fluids. At that time (when they have no strength to move or save themself) handing them the worlds largest diamond and walking away probably won’t save their life. The thing that will be most valuable to that person will be fluids.
It was Henry Scougal who said that “The worth and excellency of a soul is measured by the object of its love”. In other words you can tell a lot about the soul of a person if you know the thing that they love and enjoy the most.
For Paul (the writer of Ephesians) the riches that he had were not physical and could not be valued in monetary terms. He tells us that they are ‘unsearchable’ (Ephesians 3:8). In other words they cannot be fully grasped, there is too much, the riches are too deep, too amazing, too captivating, too awesome, too glorious. The riches he found are eternal so he will never exhaust them (unlike the earths rare gems!). Paul wants us to know that the unsearchable riches are to be found in christ.
Last year a property tycoon named Joseph Lau paid $48.4 million for a diamond for his 7 year old daughter. He renamed the stone “The Blue Moon of Josephine” after his daughter. It is likely that Mr Lau’s daughter did not know the value of the stone when she received it. But that stone is now her property. In the same way, we will grow to understand the depth of the riches that God has given in Christ - His love, His wisdom, His joy, His peace, His satisfaction.
The good news that Christ came, means that we now have access to spiritual riches which go beyond the value of the worlds largest diamond. The type that brings a satisfaction that can’t be imitated. Its not just “good news” but also “unsearchable riches”. “The worth and excellency of a soul is measured by the object of its love”. What is the object of your souls’ love?
“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, was this grace given, to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things…."