"...lay aside the old self...and put on the new self..." Ephesians 4:22-24April 22nd, 2012 in member junk
Junking, repurposing, reclaiming, upcycling, etc. - I love it because it's fun; I love it because it's inexpensive (usually); I love it because it manifests value through creativity. BUT, I think I love it most because it's a blatant evidence of the stamp of God's nature onto the people He created in His image. God made stuff, and then "saw that [it] was good" (Genesis 1:4, etc.). In the same vein, people are God's creative stewards, and when they make "stuff," they honor Him in a way, whether they intend it or not, by exhibiting the signature qualities and faculties commonly imparted to mankind by its Creator, who has proclaimed that these characteristics are "good" because they are reflective of His very nature.
Even beyond that, junking/repurposing/etc. specifically typifies the quality of our Creator as being a God of restoration. People are broken. All of us. In His justice, God's abandonment and destruction of "a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the LORD" (Isaiah 30:9) would be perfectly warranted. BUT, despite the inability of people to restore their broken condition through self-effort, God reached across this uncrossable divide through His Son Jesus Christ and His sacrificial, atoning death on our behalf, loving an unlovable people enough to lay "the punishment that brought us peace...on him, [so that] by his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).
So back to the analogy: my abandonment of a shattered old pine tool cabinet in downtown Charleston would have been completely warranted - it was useless in its broken state, and though its purpose was faintly recognizable, there was no hope of it functioning correctly ever again. HOWEVER, there was great value to be appreciated in it - it wasn't "good" yet, but with a complete transformation, it could be made that way. I took it home, totally dismantled it down to the very last old t-head nail, and then started over with raw material. A friend of mine needed a long, desk-height wall table to serve as a TV stand and a storage piece in her living room, so I tried to maximize my material and do the best I could. I think the result is great - a very rough, weathered USMC-colored table that will only sweeten with age.
I'm thankful to God through Jesus Christ that He has given me the ability to honor him with my God-given abilities, and that He loved me enough to remake me into "a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work" (2 Timothy 2:21) by the sacrifice of His Son. To know that I don't need to rely on my broken efforts to cross an uncrossable divide is true freedom indeed.
Pattern or design used: My own design
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