My daughter, Amy, was fitted with a new pair of glasses a few months back, but sadly, she lost them. A plan to replace them was concocted, and it was decided that she would make money by recycling bottles and cans toward a new pair. It has been quite a process, as you can imagine. She watches out vigilantly and collects bottles and cans wherever she goes. She brings them back home and sorts them out in our garage and is eagerly looking forward to redeeming them for cash when the bins are full.
I, too, have joined her in her efforts. Every morning when I walk, I pick up cans and bottles that have been carelessly tossed on the ground. Many of these cans have been crushed, some have been driven over and some have contents still left in them. This past week, I picked up two cans that had been used as spittoons. It was not pretty, but they were still worth 5 cents. This has become our little project, and has awakened us to the value of things that others discard. The old adage rings true for us: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
This is the way Jesus sees us; we, too, have redemptive value. Nobody is judged as worthless to God — no one is trash. God created all things and is actively working to recreate the hearts and minds of those who have been molested by sin. He is the author and the editor of life; he rewrites the dark chapters, and the finish is always strong. He is the redeemer, renovator and recreator of the hearts of all people who respond to him.
Originally, God created humans as perfect, holy and righteous. He set Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They fell into the way of self and sin, but even in this, he created a rescue plan by sending his son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Why? Because everyone is precious and is valuable to the Lord. You are worth a son to God — you are redeemable.
“…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 1:6
The Rev. Glen Morden is pastor of Patterson Covenant Church. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.