Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
We live in a disposable society; I suppose that is why the desk was destined for the dump. The old desk, scarred and damaged by the thoughtless actions of little boys with new pocketknives, sat in the garage slated to be on the next load to the dump. The damage had been done, disciplined, repented and forgiven years ago, but a redecorating movement spurred by a son leaving for college had rendered the decision that the desk was unfit to stay. It made me sad to dispose of it…it had been my mother’s desk when she was a girl in Iowa, and my sister’s as a girl growing up in Oklahoma. That desk had seen much homework and letters (back in the day when they were all written by hand), and housed many a treasure. Each day as I walked past it, I would reexamine the damage, hoping there was a chance it could be saved. No…no, the scars were too deep and the damage too great.
Then one day as I passed it, I remembered a wood filler product I had used to repair some puppy damage. It was worth a try. I began to fill and then to sand. Reshaping the parts that were marred beyond just sanding and rebuilding the edges that had been hacked and whittled away. With joy and satisfaction I realized that the desk could be saved and brought back into the house! It could be restored and made useful again to be enjoyed and used by generations to come.
I then realized that more than just a project, this was a picture of what Christ Jesus does for us. Every one of us is damaged and scarred by sin. We are not worthy to live in his house; we deserve to be thrown out into the dump. We are unable to fix ourselves and thus are destined for destruction. This is where Jesus steps in. He does not consider us disposable — He created us and we are of infinite value to Him. He loves us just the way we are: He forgives our faults, He saves our lives, He fills our needs and covers our scars with His beauty. He restores us to a right relationship with God so that we can be a part of God’s family destined to bring Him joy and to be a useful part of His household.
Have you experienced this redemption and restoration in your life? Thank God today that He saved you!
Do you or someone you know have scars that need to be filled and restored? Jesus loves you and desires to forgive and to heal you.
Maybe you have been healed, forgiven and restored, but you are still thinking that because of past sins you are not able to be used by God. That is a lie of Satan. God is proud of you and of the work He has done in your life. As a part of the family of God you have an important work to do. Ask God today what He wants you to do with your restored life to bring honor and glory to Him.
Maybe you need to extend this same mercy and grace to others in your life…ask the Lord to help you. Nothing is impossible to God.
I wish I had a picture of the finished desk to show you, but maybe it is just as well that I don’t. We are all a work in progress, just like the old desk, and we can say with confidence that He who began a good work in us will perfect it until the day that Jesus Christ returns (Phil.1:6).
If you have experienced the restoring work of the Jewish carpenter named Jesus, then that is your testimony. Share it with others!
(Carla and her husband Clyde will celebrate 25 years of marriage this year. With six sons and one daughter, there is never a dull moment in the Collier home! She enjoys tennis, reading and writing. Carla serves as the website editor on the Keepers Ministry Team.)