I love to watch HGTV when I get the chance. There’s something so hopeful about the shows to me: the hope of a new home, a newly designed room, a new idea. It just makes me feel good to think about what could be. The other day I saw a commercial for a show they have that I haven’t seen yet, but I keep thinking about it and how it relates to something I want to communicate to each one of you. Believe it or not, whether you and I actually know each other or not, I feel a connection to you and think about my readers, Facebook and Twitter followers, and Legacy Moms participants often. Today I am thinking about things that I would want to tell you as your friend. This is a bit longer than most of my posts, but I humbly ask that you read it through to the end. If it doesn’t help you, there is someone in your life you can share this with.
The show that I saw advertised is called “Flea Market Flip.” The premise of the show (from what I gathered) is that people compete to find junk and hidden treasures at flea markets and rummages sales and see what they can do to make it useful and beautiful and resell it. The idea of this show stood out to me because I know many people who feel like junk. (Yes, I’m going to compare you to a piece of furniture to make a point, so bare with me here!) They are worn-out, worn-down, show signs of wear and tear and feel like their present- life situation feels like a junk yard, and there is no hope for it to be better.
Lara Spencer, the host and creator of the show said in an interview, “The key to flea marketing is looking past the surface to see the potential.” There’s the point I want to communicate to you: when God comes to your flea market life and sees you amidst all the other junk, He doesn’t see where you have been, and the damage it has done to you. What He sees is what you could be. He sees something beautiful and useful and something He wants to use for His glory. He sees your potential.
Here’s the deal: at one time or another, everyone wonders, “Why am I here? What is the point?” The Bible tells us that we were created for God’s glory.
I Cor. 10:31
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
God is all about creating a people to live for Him. However, you may read that and think, “Okay..well I am not sure that much of what I do or who I am brings God any glory.” If you look around you, you probably don’t notice many people focusing their life on bringing God glory. That’s because our world has a sin problem. Sin creates a separation between us and God. Sin is actually anything we do that misses the mark of God’s perfect standard, and since NONE of us is perfect, that means we are ALL sinners and are all separated from God. This is also told to us in the Bible:
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Picture it as a vast canyon. We are on one side of the canyon and God is on the other. Our sin has created this deep and wide expanse between us. Most people in the depth of their souls know that God is out there and they want to find a way to get to Him. Since the beginning of time people have tried to find ways to bridge the gap and get to Him. Here are 4 common ways people try to get to God; see if any of these rings true for you:
1. Religion. Some think that because they are a member of such-and-such church or ascribe to a certain religion or because their family was Christian that they are Christian, too.
2. Good works. Some think that if they go to church, or because they were baptized, or if they do all the right religious things, that those things earn them a spot in Heaven. Even worse, some believe that God has a big scale and that all their good deeds are put on one side and all their bad deeds are put on the other, and as long as their good outweighs their bad at the end of their life, then they are safe. What a sad way to live wondering your whole life if you have done enough and what the standard actually is. Can you imagine treating your kids that way? Telling them that you will love them as long as they do more good than bad? Then every night your child lies in bed and wonders if they did enough good things to earn your love? That would be awful! Yet many live just this way.
3. Morality. The idea here is that being moral is the answer. The problem with this is that the world’s definition of what is moral is an ever-changing standard. How do you define “moral” without an absolute standard of right and wrong?
4. Spirituality. Many people sense that there is a God out there, and that there is more to this life, yet they fail to yield their life to anything and instead trust in just “being a spiritual person” is the answer. Because they don’t want to yield to anything, they want to believe that believing in anything spiritual is the answer and that all roads lead to the same end.
What lies we have bought into! We believe in lies and we still find ourselves feeling like an old, damaged piece of furniture wondering if there hope for us. When we believe the lies above we are like a chair thinking it can restore itself all the while noticing that really nothing has changed and it is still sitting in the same junk pile. Can you relate? Here’s what the Bible tells us about man-made ways to restore ourselves:
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
So, here’s where the good news and hope comes in. Like I said before, God sees you in all your banged-up, torn-up mess and still loves you and wants to make you His own. He made a way to bridge the gap between you and He when He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for all your sins. He is not a way, He is the ONLY way. That’s not my opinion. It’s what He said:
6 Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
God isn’t asking you to get yourself out of the flea market and refurbish yourself so you can be good enough to come to Him. He doesn’t look at you with disgust. He loves you as you are, but He loves you too much to leave you in your junk because He knows what you can be.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
When Jesus died on the cross, He did it for YOU. At that moment love and justice collided and your penalty for sin was paid in full and the gap between you and God was bridged. But, here’s the deal: you can stand on the edge of that cavern and see the bridge, know about the bridge, believe the bridge is there, but if you don’t cross it, you are still separated from God.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Crossing the bridge is accepting God’s free gift of salvation. So how do you cross the bridge? It’s called faith. What that means is that you repent (change your mind and agree with God about your sin and decide to do things His way) and believe Him and accept the free gift of salvation. To believe means to trust in Him and fully rely on what Jesus did for you on the cross.
It’s that simple. God is standing at the rummage sale and He chooses you. He wants to sand-off the rough edges, change your heart, and make you into something beautiful that can be used for GREAT things!
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.
Will you go with Him and leave the junk behind? I hope you will. I can tell you from experience that there is nothing in the world like being used by God and living for Him. I know because He turned my trash into treasure and I live a life with hope for the future! I can give you all the good parenting advice in the world, but without Him as the center of it all, it is really rather pointless. My prayer for you is that you take care of this and then let’s work on being the mom He called you to be! Talk to Him right now and tell Him that you want Him in your life. It doesn’t take any special words. It just takes a heart that is fully open and yielded to Him. If you have questions or want to discuss this one-on-one, please contact me . I would love to help you begin your transformation! You are a treasure!