"Go and make disciples…and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matt 28:19-20)

Trash or Treasure?

I bought a new pair of earphones the other day because my old ones stopped working.  I took the old ones and laid them in the seat of my truck and pretty much forgot about them.  Friday, on my way home from work, I reached down to pick up my new earphones, and i found the old ones.  I remember I kinda looked at them with disgust and tossed them forcefully into the floorboard.  For some reason I stopped and looked at them there and this is what came to mind:

I’m so glad that even when we stop working, or just quit doing the job we’re supposed to do that God doesn’t toss us to the side as garbage!  In the midst of my sin and in my lowest lows, He still loved me and wanted me.  Even when we willingly disobey, and walk away from God, He still pursues us and desires for us to be reconciled with Him.  It’s humbling to think that the same God that spoke the universe into existence and that has the power (and the right if He wanted to) to just speak it out of existence would still love me and want me no matter what I’ve done.  I really struggle with understanding how much God loves us.  Our pastor delivered a powerful message on this very subject today.  We were in Ephesians 3:

16That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

 17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

 19And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Our God is forever patient, forever good, forever faithful, forever seeking us.  No matter what we’ve done, who we’ve hurt, or how we’ve failed; God still sees us as His children, the apple of His eye, and he wants nothing more than a relationship with you and I.  He will not cast us down as trash; instead (IF WE LET HIM) He will fix what is broken and make us new again in Him.  Like the prodigal’s father, He is always watching afar off to see us when we appear on the horizon.  God is the great recycler.  He always takes what others see as trash, and turns it into treasure. 

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