God’s Recycling Plan.
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“But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16
Going past this scrap yard I remembered the old saying, “God doesn’t make junk.” However, that is exactly how you and I feel when we look at the sin in our hearts, like garbage ready to be discarded on the junk pile of life. Our sin has blemished every part of our life and there seems to be nothing that can be useful there.
That is not how God looks at you. God looks at your sinful self and says, “Aha, a recycling project!” The Lord is in the business of recycling old discarded sinners to be made new in the blood of Jesus. He takes the worst of sinners and makes them the greatest of saints! No dumping tarnished and blemished people in God’s salvage yard! He takes the worst and makes them the best. He takes the chief of sinners, redeems him and gives him eternal life, and uses him as an encouraging example for all who will follow after him on God’s plan of salvation.
No, God doesn’t make junk. He redeems junky sinful people, and makes them something wonderful and new in the image of His Son. Hallelujah for God’s great eternal recycling plan!
“Chief of sinners though I be,
Jesus shed His blood for me.
Died that I might live on high,
lives that I might never die.
As the branch is to the vine,
I am His, and He is mine.”
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