Thursday, September 1, 2016

Junking for Jewels - Martin Wiles

For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. Romans 8:29 NLT

Jewels can sometimes be found among junk.

My wife calls it “junking,” and she does it quite often. When possible, I usually tag along. We don’t actually visit junk yards or stores, but we call what we do junking because we do it among a lot of discarded stuff—stuff many term junk. We, however, adhere to the old cliché, “One’s man trash is another man’s treasure.” 

Our junking takes place occasionally at yard sales but more often in thrift stores. Any time we go to a conference or on vacation, she searches for thrift stores, maps them out, and visits each one. Once our jewels are discovered, we take them home and make them look more like the treasures they once were. We place them in the dishwasher or washing machine, splatter them lemon oil, or tighten their loose joints with a screwdriver or hammer. 

Once our jewels are cleaned and repaired, we make a decision. Some we choose to keep in our home. Most we resell, sometimes for a handsome profit. One person’s junk has helped us make ends meet. 

When God gazes down from heaven, He sees discarded people littering the shelves of earth—people others have rejected, abused, and scorned. People, however, He created and loves but many of whom have rejected Him. Sin has duped them, causing them to think they no longer need God in their lives. Sin had led them in directions that are slowly killing them emotionally, spiritually, and physically. But God keeps junking. 

Those who allow God to purchase them through repentance, forgiveness, and salvation, He cleans up. The blood of Christ washes them, the grace of God changes their perceived purpose, and the strength of God allows them to enjoy life once again. As God molds them into the likeness of His Son, they are transformed from junk into jewels. 

God is in the business of making jewels of what many consider junk. Are you one of the ones He’s cleaning up and restoring?

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace that makes us more than we could ever be in and of ourselves.

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