Attaining anything of value places demands upon a person
Becoming a musician, doctor, or teacher (or any other artist or expert) requires time, effort, money, and training. Forming a diamond also takes time and tons of pressure, but it is these very sacrifices and stresses that make the professions and gems so precious.
Both the person learning the new behaviors and the coal changing to diamonds, willingly (or naturally) make an exchange. They allow the sacrifices and surrender to the pressures to become someone or something more valuable.
Musicians, doctors, and teachers sacrifice their time, money, and social life to study for their careers in order to improve the lives of others. Yet as admirable as these accomplishments are, there is One who gave His all in the greatest exchange that ever took place. This momentous event occurred during Passover when an innocent man died on a criminal’s cross, all because He loved us and wanted to spend eternity with us (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, willingly suffered, died, and rose again for our sins, so you and I can be righteous in God’s eyes and live eternally (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Bible says that when this exchange is made, we not only experience forgiveness, peace, blessings, and heaven, but when we teach others the way of righteousness, we will also shine like the stars of heaven forever (Daniel 12:3).
My awful sins for His light and righteousness. Best exchange ever!