1 Peter 1:7
These have come so that your faith—of greater
worth than gold, which perishes even though
refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may
result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus
Christ is revealed.
Worth More than Gold
Even though there have been many new discoveries
of minerals and various elements since ancient
times, gold is still one of the most valuable.
While it is still desired for its beauty and
used in jewelry, it is also used in certain
Despite its continued value and desirability,
Peter reminds us that our faith is worth more
than gold even. Like gold, our faith is
refined by fire. During these times of
stress, the impurities are burned out so that
what is left is pure and perfect.
Gold will deteriorate however. It will
lose its luster and eventually it will break
down like any other natural component.
On the other hand, our faith grows greater with
time. It becomes more perfect the longer
we hold it. Each test that we face does
not devalue our faith but makes it greater when
we come out of it.
In the end, all of the riches of the world will
be left behind. The only thing of value
will be our faith and what we did with it on
earth. And it will result in praise,
glory, and honor when we meet Jesus.