My wife¯s been nagging me¯ ummm¯ let me rephrase that¯ my wife has been giving me some loving gentle hints about a pile of stuff out in the garage that we needed to sell on Craigslist. Last night I reluctantly¯ or should I say ¯in loving response to her hints¯¯ headed out to the garage to start pulling things out of the pile to clean them up, take pictures and get them listed for sale. With rags in one hand and a bottle of Clorox cleanup in the other, I polished and shined my way through folding mountain bikes, door knobs, door hinges, power tools, various musical equipment and other various sundry items. Craigslist being my selling venue of choice, I headed for the computer and began listing away. By the time my wife returned from her ladies bible study, I proudly presented her with my 14 listing accomplishment from my evening¯s events. Trusting in the scriptural promise, ¯One man¯s junk is another man¯s treasure¯¯ well maybe that¯s not actually in the bible... I sit this evening eagerly waiting at the computer for my inbox to fill up with emails from all those anxious people wanting to buy my stuff.
You know? Now that I think of it, ¯One man¯s junk is another man¯s treasure¯ is actually in the bible. Maybe not actually phrased in that way, but listen to what we are told in these verses from Isaiah and Joel¯
Isaiah 51:3 The LORD will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.
Joel 2:25 The LORD says, ¯I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts
So what does this mean to us? This means that the things that we have done wrong in our lives, those things we¯re ashamed of, what we consider ¯junk¯ in our lives, God turns them into treasures¯ turning them into platforms for ministry to bring others into healing and freedom. We can¯t hold onto the junk¯ wallowing in despair, defeat and self condemnation. We have to clean them out of the garage of our heart and put them on ¯Godslist¯. He¯s the only one that can turn our times of defeat into treasures¯ something of extreme high value. The great thing about ¯Godslist¯ is that he gives those same things back to us to use for His honor and His glory to bring us into a deeper understanding of God¯s love and forgiveness in spite of past failures.
Don¯t wait¯ do it now! Turn your junk into God¯s treasure! Let go of the past and let God turn them into something of rare value. His precious Son already paid for them anyway. He already owns them so let go and give them to God.
Psalm 43:2-5 Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies? Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. There I will go to the altar of God, to God¯the source of all my joy. I will praise you with my harp, O God, my God! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again¯ my Savior and my God!