The children knew of key pieces of jewelry worn by their father and wanted to find them because they brought back sweet memories of him. After days of searching, they found them hidden in a remote area. They were stored in a dusty cabinet and looked a bit tattered, but with a little cleaning, surely they could return to their former brilliance. Unfortunately, after having their favorite jeweler look at them, they were told they were fake.
There is a crucial Jesus lesson in this; do not trust everything you see or hear. Many things I learned as a child had to be unlearned. Even childhood Christian songs can be misleading. The only way to tell the difference is to become familiar with what is real, like the jeweler who, upon first glance, knew they were fake. He knew the weight, the color, and other aspects of these pieces and didn’t hesitate. Our relationship with Jesus must be as intimate, so like the jeweler, we know the difference when a false teacher tries to sway us. Our knowledge of Jesus must be refined by fire and any lies we’ve come to believe, burned up and replaced with the truth. Jesus is our riches!
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Revelation 3:17-18