SEEN AS TRASH OR TREASURE

Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment. —I Corinthians 4:13

Today is “dump day.” I will take the trash to the transfer station in our town and thrown away everything we have put in our garbage cans that don’t have value to us. I will throw it in a large dumpster and that will be that. I will never see it again and I will not miss it at all.

The Apostle Paul said that he and his colleagues were “treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash.” People saw them as having no value. They were throw away people that would not be missed. At times people sought to destroy them, snuff them out.

At the transfer station where I go there is a shed where you can leave “stuff” that you do not want anymore. Others can take it if they want. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

There are those who think the gospel and those who live by it are “trash.” But then there are those who do not think that. When you engage them in conversation they have questions, sincere questions. They are considering trusting Jesus but have not crossed that line yet. These people do not think you are trash but are very appreciative that you would talk with them about such important things.

Have you been treated like trash? Well just remember that God sees you as His precious child, His heir, joint heirs with Jesus and you are precious to Him. Now that is what really matters! Don’t stop speaking about His Awesomeness. Don’t stop sharing the Good News. There are those who don’t think that the Gospel or you are trash… they will be grateful for your willingness to share what is really important to them.

Dear Father, please help me not to forget who I am in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You for being an heir of Yours and a join heir with Jesus. May I live in great gratitude by the Holy Spirit’s power.

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