Moving into a larger house recently meant finding furnishings to help fill it. Buying new stuff costs more money than I have or care to spend so I’ve visited thrift stores and garage sales.
I visited a garage sale and found a solid oak TV stand—a custom-built corner unit with a swivel on the top to position our television in whatever direction we desire. It even has storage space underneath. It’s a dandy. Best—it cost a pittance. It’ll serve its purpose perfectly in our family room.
I consider this item a treasure. The previous owner likely did not. He must have stored it in a basement or garage, and it showed. Dust and grime coated this poor piece, and spiders had spun their sticky webs in the drawers. I washed it inside and out with wood soap, and my oh my, the water in the bucket turned black.
A cast-off in its former owner’s opinion, we’ve given this oak unit a second chance. We bought it, cleaned it, and placed it where it can fulfill the purpose for which it was originally created. How similar to what Jesus has done for us!
- Christ bought us with His blood when He died on the cross. Satan, our former taskmaster, no longer owns us (1 Corinthians 6:20; Romans 8:2).
- Christ washes us, removing sin’s grime and stain, and leaves us whiter than snow on the inside when we confess our sins to Him (1 John 1:9).
- Christ calls and equips us to fulfill a specific purpose in His plan for the Church and the world (Romans 12:4-5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Christ invested His life in us. You know what that says? He considers us a treasure. He highly values us. He’d never consider us a cast-off. Why, in my sanctified imagination, I can almost hear Him say to the angels, “(Your name) is a dandy.”