What happens when you are able to take a trip to the trash heap and find something that is actually usable and useful? Well, that becomes a red-letter day. That is something to shout about, not to mention the stories one can now tell of the miraculous transformation.
Trash into Trophies – that has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
There are and have been some stories of mankind that fit this descriptor.
I immediately think of King David. He was the apple of God’s eye. He was a striking young man and he stood head and shoulders above all other young men of his day.
One fine day, he stumbled into the trash heap and had an affair with a married women. Not only that, in an effort to cover his tracks he put her husband on the front line in battle the next day and then told the other squad members to pull back so that he was left alone to be killed by the enemy.
And yet again, David found his way back into the good grace of God. He was redeemed, restored, and reigned once again as God’s chosen man. He was a trophy of God’s grace.
And remember Peter? He was a man’s man. He was strong of body and strong of will. He was an expert fisherman, and showed some natural born leadership characteristics. Yet he had a moment in time as a traitor.
Who wants a traitor on their side? I surely don’t.
In a courtyard one cold night, Peter got recognized as one of the followers of the Christ. He was even fingerprinted, so to speak. Yet he vehemently denied the charge. He said it loud and long and even repeated it three times.
He said, “I do not know that man.”
He lied. He turned to the dark side in that one moment and disassociated himself with Christ. And thankfully that is not the end of the story.
And He came back to grace.
He left the trash heap of the traitor and became a marvelous trophy of the grace of God.
In these two examples we see enough of the dark side to know something of the depth of despair each man had sank. And yet, the long arm of grace reached down and lifted them up, dusted them off, and set them on the road to living a redeemed life once again.
And God in His grace continues to do that today.
Are you living near the trash heap? Are you visiting the dung heap more than the dining hall?
Is your life sinking deeper and deeper into the toilet?
Come to the one who can redeem you and clean your clothes, clear your mind and revive your spirit. Come to the redeeming hands of God. He loves you too much to let you continue sinking into the misery you have been wallowing in.
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Sinner Saved by Grace
Can you reach one such as me? Can you work your magic on the likes of me and where I've been and what I've done?
Then if you can, would you come down and give me a double dose of your grace?
Thank you God.
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time