100% Recycled Trash

Matthew 13:45-46

There is a growing awareness of increasing efforts to recycle… it is going on all around us:

I read about a house in Colorado owned by a certain Dennis Weaves called the Earthship. It is a beautiful, environmentally friendly, 10,000 square foot home-made of used tires, aluminum cans and other recycled materials. The Earthship is made of junk, but it has been featured on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Home and Gardens, the Discovery Channel, and PBS. If you want to buy one, it is all yours for only 3.3 million dollars.

There are not many things that are not being recycled today: • Recycled paper products • Recycled glass and metal products • Salvage yards recycle car, truck and machinery parts • There are many reports that Habitat for Humanity opened a used building materials outlet in Denver a few years ago • Even our thrift stores and garage sales are ways people recycle.

We know that after the fall, man became sinful, broken and overshadow with darkness in many ways. But the bible talks a great deal about how God is always in the process of taking people and turning them into a new creation. He is always taking sinners and turning them into saints, taking these jays of clay (our frailty and humanity) and turning us into something of great value. God is always taking our weaknesses turning them into strengths so that we can reflect his beauty and glory.

Here in Matthew chapter 13:45-46:

Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought.

Jesus is the buyer and we are the pearl that He sees as so valuable that He would happily give all to have it forever. We are as precious to Jesus as a beautiful pearl of great price. However, the pearl at its heart is a grain of hard and lifeless sand. This pearl was once junk, garbage, useless, worthless, a piece of dirt. But when sand comes in touch with a living organism, like the oyster, the sand transforms into a pearl. As a result of this contact, it becomes a thing of exquisite beauty and precious indeed.

When we allow Jesus to touch our lives, he transforms us into a pearl of great value. God is in the business of taking worthless lives, useless people, junkies and low lives and turning them around crowning them with beauty and dignity. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation the old things passed away and behold, new things have come.” Now this is what I call “100% Recycled Trash.”

He takes your heart – a heart of stone (meaning stubborn and disobedient) and he turns it into a heart of flesh (meaning he makes your heart willing to serve him and surrender to him. He takes your sinful nature and gives you a redeemed nature. He takes your low self-esteem and crowns you with his love, affection and confidence telling you that you are valuable. He takes your past – you know your past, and He forgives you of all of it.

He takes you from being dysfunctional, useless, hopeless, and totally turns you around to become hardworking, dynamic, reliable and productive in your every day choices. There is no limit to what he can do with you. He can pick you up and turn you around and fashion you into a person of exquisite beauty and value.

Would you allow Him to do that today?

Prayer: Lord Make me over

Turn my life around

100% Recycled – In Jesus name…Amen

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