Thirdly let’s think about precious stones
What makes precious stones, precious?
Their beauty: which is why they are used as jewelry
Their utility: They are used in industrial and technological applications.
Their rarity: Precious stones are scarce
Their value: The worth of precious stones is innate (it doesn’t represent something else that has value like stocks or bonds) Precious stones are naturally valuable on their own.

The chemical basis for the formation of precious stones is heat and pressure. How does God produce precious stones in our lives?

One way is God takes a group of his own people—fallen, damaged, broken and roughly hewn people—and he has them become a church community!

Churches are different from other social groups. Golf clubs, bridge clubs, community service clubs attract like minded people, whereas churches attract a much broader range of people—the rich, the poor, the intelligent, the not so intelligent, the political right and the political left. No wonder there are some days when we have problems!

So heat and pressure often come to us from our own brothers and sisters in Christ. So how do we deal with other people? Paul has a lot to say about how we should relate to one another. Here’s a few:

Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love
Romans 12:10 Honor one another
Romans 13:8 love one another
Romans 15:7Accept one another
Romans 15:14 instruct one another
Romans 16:16 Greet one another
1 Corinthians 1:10 agree with one another
Galatians 5:13 serve one another
Ephesians 4:2 bearing with one another
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another
Ephesians 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms
Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Colossians 3:16 admonish one another
1 Thessalonians 5:11 encourage one another

We won’t produce precious stones in our lives if we isolate ourselves from one another. As we are exposed to the heat and pressure of relationships our lives will produce precious stones that God wants for his city.

So God is building a city. A city with streets of transparent gold, gates of pearls and foundations decorated with every kind of precious stone.

We need to cooperate with God and trust that whatever he brings into our lives will produce gold, pearl and precious stones.

1 Peter 2:5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house.