Many of you know how much I enjoy going to thrift stores. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to find something I want for nearly nothing. You will be interested to know that the praying hands in the church foyer, the candle stand in the ladies bathroom as well as the beautiful oak table, and Doug’s computer desk in his office are all things I have found at thrift stores.
While Doug was gone to Tennessee week before last, I had a doctor’s appointment in Enterprise, and before coming back home to Geneva, I stopped by Goodwill in Enterprise. I found a black metal container that had the prettiest little feet on it. I picked it up, looked at it, put it back down, and then picked it up again. I decided the price was right, so I bought it. It was pretty like it was but I wanted to clean it up and put a flower arrangement in it. Cost? $2.00.
The container was really a special “find,” I thought. I showed it to some friends who stopped by, and one said, “Glenda, that is brass. If you would get that black off, it would be really pretty.” The challenge was on to see what was underneath all that black covering. After several hours I have one of the prettiest brass containers, made in England and has a number on it. Surely it is valuable.
Where am I going with this, you ask? Just like the little container, God can take our lives, clean us up and make beautiful Christians if we will just submit our lives to Him in loving obedience to His word.
Sin is dark. It makes us unattractive, unwanted and often discarded. Just like the little container, someone had missed the beauty that was hidden underneath all that corrosion, and they had discarded it by giving it to Goodwill. But I came along to rescue it, to scrub it clean and polish it. It is now as good as new and shining with all its glory.
Isn’t that the way it is with us? When sin rules our life, aren’t we unattractive, unwanted, and often times discarded? But with a little scrubbing from the Word of God, and a little polishing with the plan of salvation, and loving obedient care, we are cleansed of our sins and as a new babe in Christ, ready to walk a new life.
We must always look at a person, not for their outward beauty but for the love and beauty of Christ, the soul, that lies underneath all the sinful covering. Inside each person rests a soul made in the very image of God waiting to be rescued and taught the Word of God. Every soul deserves to hear the truth of the scriptures at least one time. With an open mind and heart, they can have a new life serving God and letting their life be a shining example for others to follow.