Useful or No

2 Corinthians 5:17-21brushpile_fig3
One of the benefits of living in the house we now occupy is the wood stove in the basement.  Even on a cold winter day once it is warm inside we do not need the use of the electric heaters after a good fire is lit.  This benefit is increased tremendously by the fact that a lot of yard clean up had been done after the previous tenents moved.  At first glanse the pile of branches and downed trees seems like a mess left to be cleaned up taking up a lot of time and effort but look again and you see apossibility of renewing a valuable resource along with the chance of saving considerable money over the next winter.  True some of the trees and branches are useless being too small or having rotted from laying outside in the wet mud for almost a year but with a little work much can be saved.  This work of sorting good wood from what is rotten or too small to be stored is not so unlike the growth process of a believer in Christ.  God sees that though not everything in our former lifestyle is benefical for our new life and some of it is down right deadly for us to hold on to there are things that can be of great use such as learned habits of disciplined living, music talent, artistic ability of other kinds, a network of relationships and, of course, the basic type of personality God created in the first place.  God is ever patient and always purposeful in His work of molding each individual into His own image once again.  He removes what is harmful or unnecessary and makes a vessel of honor for the Kings of Kings. What is seemingly a daunting task in the power and leadership of Holy Spirit becomes an exciting journey of growing up in Christ our Lord.

Is your life looking like a mess?  I close with quote I first heard from Monty Louis once on of Canada’s most dangerous men who became a man of God used to bring hope to countless lives, ” God took my mess and turned it into a message.”,

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“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:38-39 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.
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