Dr. Paul Perkins

Following In The Way of Jesus

Junk or Treasure

I spent some time clearing out some junk in the loft. I should have done it before I started putting up drywall, but that would have easier and I don’t do easy. There was recessed lighting (the old stuff), conduit, wood, and an assortment of left over construction items. I looked at every piece, because you never know what you can make from it. It might not be junk, it could be treasure. 

When we lived in Houston, the morning that our neighborhood put out garbage, there were one or two trucks that would come through and scavenge items they could fix and sell. The symbiotic relationship was amazing. What I thought was junk they could turn into a treasure. I thought maybe I could do it and save some money. Then I remember why I threw it out in the first place.

  • When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, Psalm 8:3-6

The Psalmist asks a penetrating question, what is man that God would even think about him? In terms of comparison we are ants, no, less than that before God. Yet, he regards us because we have been created in his image. Sin has us believing a lie. We are not junk. Man is crowned with glory and honor. The problem is that we live as if we are junk. Yes, we might be a little tainted, rusted, and dirty from years of living in a fallen world. But underneath the mess is a jewel designed to live in relationship with God. It is the blood of Christ that washes away our sin. It is the ultimate googone. 

Today we have a choice. Either to live as if life is meaningless and we are but cosmic dust collectors, or to live how God has created us, in His image and children of the King. I know how I am going to live. I’m just saying.

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