GRACEfull: The Great Conservationist

txt msgs: A bruised reed he will not break… –Matthew 12:20a [NIV]

Reflect: Shepherds have been known to carve a type of flute out of a grass like wood called reed. The lightweight instruments were fragile. It was nothing for a broken flute to be thrown away and quickly replaced.

I know of someone who was able to purchase a giant screen TV at a steep discount because it had a small, barely noticeable scratch on it. Car dealerships have scratch and dent sales after hail storms and delivery accidents. Some retailers sell open boxed or refurbished items for a discount. And it is a general rule that anything on a disc cannot be returned if the packaging has been opened.

We often have accidents in our lives or even think that our whole life is an accident. In Christ our value doesn’t go down when we mess up or get messed up.

In today’s text message Jesus is saying that He is not finished with you yet. He is saying that despite any damage you may have experienced He can still make music out of your life.

Whether it was Paul’s persecutions, David’s dastardly deeds, or Mary’s mess-ups the Lord showed that He is able to restore and save to the uttermost.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. — Ephesians 2:4-7 [NIV]

We are like trees in the rain forest being chopped and mowed down every second. God is The Great Conservationist saying, “Save the trees!” (Luke 13:8) Jesus hung on one so we could be saved.

Quote: If you give yourself to him, and accept him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for his sake you are accounted righteous. Christ’s character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned. –Steps to Christ p. 62

The Great Conservationist is by Pastor Lester Collins Jr, author of Going Green for God, a 40-day spiritual journey for youth/young adult leaders and youth/young adult groups. He offers Bible texts, inspirational thoughts, and helpful tips on how to apply biblical concepts to your life. Going Green for God is available through AdventSource.

About A Allan Martin, PhD

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One Response to GRACEfull: The Great Conservationist

  1. suzydmd says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder that our Father does not discard us–flaws and all!! Thank you for your grace–for your conservation!! It gets easy to focus on those flaws, troubles etc. instead of living in the grace!!! Reminds me of a Marianne Williamson quote, ” . . . Do you have more faith in the power of your disasters or in God’s power to transform them?”
    Father, may I live with more gratitude for your conservationist ways and thereby give less power to my disasters. Thank you for not discarding me in spite of my flaws!

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