May. 16, 2022




“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things

have passed away;  behold, all things have become new.”

2 Corinthians 5:17


 Springtime is here in full splendid display complete with sun, clouds, drenching rain, warm weather, yard cleanup, flower planting and the great American enterprise – having garage sales!

 Garage sales are a great motivation to sort, clean, and pass on stuff that we no longer need or have a place for in our house. Many of the articles for sale are used, abused, broken, or simple forgotten – being put away on hidden some shelf for years.  

 When I think of garage sales I remember that nothing is wasted in God’s economy. He doesn’t throw anybody away.  

 Much of the garage sale items might need a good cleaning, some minor repair, or even a redo. But in someone’s eyes they are valuable. It may take a sacrifice of time and energy. But when they’re done, they were worth it.

 What may be junk to us may be a treasure to someone else.

 A mother may come looking for child’s clothes for her daughter. She can take that used piece of apparel, clean it, repair any tears, and transform it into a new garment. A handyman can stop by and see an old electric tool, or some other “thing-a-ma-jig”. He doesn’t see junk; he sees an opportunity to give it a new home and a new life of usefulness. A kid looks at an old used toy and in his imagination sees a brand new plaything.

 There’s a story about an old violin that comes up for auction. It looks beat-up and worthless. It’s a reject; no one wants to waste their money on it.

 But then an old fellow walks up to it and touches the instrument reverently. He puts it to his chin, draws the bow expertly across the strings. His hands coax from it the most glorious music the people have ever heard. The touch of the master’s hand is what did it. And it took a master’s eye to spot the potential the instrument had.

 Because of sin we all end up in the garage sale of life. Then Jesus stops by and with the keen eye of the Redeemer sees value in our brokenness - our uselessness - our forgottenness. 

 The amazingly wonderful part is that when He considers us, He doesn’t see junk. He doesn't see us as what we are, but as what we can become in His hands. He sees a treasure of grace awaiting transformation and resurrection.

 The good news is that He doesn’t choose people who are gems — He makes gems out of the ones He chooses – and you are such a gem!