My wonderful wife and I like to go to rummage/garage sales. It’s amazing what you can find as you look over what others consider junk and worthless leftover pieces of their life and offer it to others for nominal amounts of money. I came across an almost new trumpet in its case for sale at the price of what a cheap dinner would cost. This musical instrument in the right hands (not mine) would sound beautiful. The seller could have received much more for it – but did not know its real value. I came across a computer that appeared new for sale that would (according to the seller) not boot up. I took it home to repair it and discovered that someone had mistakenly flipped the switch from 120 volts to 220 volts. Flipping it back solved the problem, the value never really changed.
We recently had our own garage sale and sold many of our leftover household items. I was surprised to see a lot of items sell so quickly and found myself wondering if I had viewed our things the same way as the seller of the cornet and the computer did. Was I charging the true value on those things I was selling? Did I just discard them as junk?
How many times in our own lives do we fail to recognize the real value with the things the Lord has given us, or fail to recognize and appreciate the real value of someone placed in our lives. How many of us look at ourselves and think less of ourselves because of what we have done or have gone through? Failures in life do not affect our value, but often changes our perspective and rob us of the real riches we have in Christ and in His kingdom. Read what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” It is difficult to look at us the way the Lord looks at us. We tend to focus on our frailties and faults. When He views us He sees Who we really are and what we can become in His hands. Don’t let the past rob you of your heritage. Don’t let what you have gone through define who you are or what you can become. Ask Him to help you to become who He sees when He looks at you. *Are you of less value now because you went through a recent bankruptcy or divorce? *What about that promotion which you expected to get which never happened? *Do you regard some personal feature unattractive or cause you to feel embarrassed? *Have you lived in abusive relationship and the things you heard or received seem to still be believable? *Have you had sins in your past that you now think is unforgivable (abortion, adultery, alcoholism, drugs, ect.) and it seems to put a rob you of your sense of joy or purpose?
John said in 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sin. How can anyone not bask in that kind of love He has for us and not feel an overwhelming sense of value? The message he has for us has a common thread in His word…His value He places on us as His children. The parables in Luke 15 regarding the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the lost boy all declare individual value He places on us.
Matthew 10:31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Song of Solomon 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Jeremiah 31:3 …I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Isaiah 62:3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
This common thread written in His word declares a depth of His divine love for us that should be overwhelming and staggering to us . Can we even begin to comprehend it? When we begin to attempt to grasp and understand it –it should help us to appreciate the value and love He places on us as His children.
As to if there are rummage sales in heaven? What do you think? Do things wear out or break down in Heaven? Can I sell to my neighbor my set of overused wings?