A Value-Added Life

WP_20150302_003A few years ago, when visiting my parents, I noticed a couple chairs discarded at the end of a neighbor’s driveway. I thought they had, as we say, ‘potential.’

Much to my family’s chagrin, I loaded them in the car for the long trip home (900 miles). I cleaned, sanded, and whitewashed them. And for the record, we are still using them today.

In all honesty, they looked pretty bad when I scooped them up. They were old and worn, battered and bruised.

But what if I had seen these same chairs at an auction, being sold for a ridiculous price because, maybe, someone important had sat in them.

Maybe the signers of the Treaty of Versailles sat in them. Or maybe they were built by Ethan Allen himself. Or possibly they were planed from a tree planted by George Washington. And then chopped down by his son.

A simple chair could be thrown to the sidewalk. The same chair could be worth millions, depending on the value added by others. Who built it. Who owned it. Who sat on it.

In Peter’s letter to the scattered church, he writes, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God…” (1 Peter 2:9).

Because we have been called out of our darkness into His marvelous light, we have been transformed from the cast-off chair into the high-dollar auction chair. We can now live the value-added life.

Christ has transformed us into His people, what Peter calls “God’s special possession.”

God has cleaned, sanded and whitewashed you by His love. And he wants to use you today.


*First posted May 16, 2014*

About pastoroftheprez

Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain, NC.
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