But the stone was not always so brilliant. It was once dull, and only valued in a relatively small way. The treasure hunter who first discovered the stone knew only the stories of the future value that could be uncovered. The person knew it was a thing worth keeping - but only if to pursue its greater worth. As time passed, the diamond revealed to its new owner where to make the perfect cuts that would reveal its ultimate splendor, while at all times assuring the owner that should any cut be left undone, the owner's future joy would be compromised. Only when all the cuts were well understood and made would the full value of the treasure be realized by its owner.
Such as it is with God. He is the greatest of all treasures. His kingdom is of such infinite value that anyone who sees the future of it will rid themselves of all that they are to obtain it. This commitment to the ridding process is the nature of true salvation.
This, my children, is the most important heirloom I can ever leave you with - the knowledge that the value you saw when you first discovered the purest of Treasures is only the very beginning of your appreciation for its worth. Like the most perfectly cut diamond, God is in absolute balance. His attributes are perfectly in tune with each other. This is how He produces so much glory, and why you must learn to appreciate Him for all that He is. Gaining a full appreciation of the Treasure is a lofty pursuit that will consume your entire lifetime. And it is worth it!