Junking For Jewels

Monday, January 24, 2022
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Romans 8:29 – For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (NLT)

Jewels can sometimes be found among the junk.

My wife calls it "junking", and she does it quite often. When possible, I usually tag along. We don't actually visit junkyards or stores, but we call what we do junking because we do it among a lot of discarded stuff — stuff that many term junk. However, we adhere to the old cliché, "One's man trash is another man's treasure."

Our junking takes place occasionally at yard sales, but more often in thrift stores. Any time when we go to a conference or on vacation, she searches for thrift stores, maps them out, and visits each one. Once our jewels are discovered, we take them home and make them look more like the treasures they once were. We place them in the dishwasher or washing machine, splatter them with lemon oil, or tighten their loose joints with a screwdriver or hammer.

Once our jewels are cleaned and repaired, we decide. Some we choose to keep in our home. Most we resell, sometimes for a handsome profit. One person's junk has helped us to make ends meet.

When God gazes down from heaven, He sees discarded people littering the shelves of the earth — people whom others have rejected, abused, and scorned. These are people whom He created and loves, but many of them have rejected Him. Sin has duped them, causing them to think that they no longer need God in their lives. Sin has led them in directions that are slowly killing them emotionally, spiritually, and physically. But God keeps junking.

Those who allow God to purchase them through repentance, forgiveness, and salvation, He cleans up. The blood of Christ washes them, the grace of God changes their perceived purpose, and the strength of God allows them to enjoy life once again. As God molds them into the likeness of His Son, they are transformed from junk into jewels.

Malachi 3:17a – "They shall be Mine," says the Lord of hosts, "On the day that I make them My jewels." (NKJV)

God is in the business of making jewels of what many consider junk. Are you one of the ones whom He's cleaning up and restoring?

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace that makes us more than we could ever be in and of ourselves. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Martin, for a very interesting and inspiring devotion.

    Thanks for a gem of a devotional today, Martin!
    Be blessed.

    I truly enjoyed your message today. Thank you.

    Ain’t that the Truth Martin. Good led up practical analogy. Blessings.

    Love this. I have many fond memories of junking.
    Blessings to you from a SC girl.

    Amen Martin. Your devotion reminded me of the saying “God doesn’t make junk.” We are so precious to Him. Have a blessed week.

    WOW! Martin. Thank you. How perfectly your words fit this familiar text that I thought I knew all there was to know in it! Helps me today.

    Dear Martin,
    Well I am sure that you and your wife feel good when you rescue something and make it sparkle. I am sure God feels great when he rescues us and makes us shine also. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

    Hello Martin,
    Thank you for another one of your very interesting and meaningful devotionals. Amazing sometimes the cast away things you can find in a Thrift Store and make into valuable products. Our Lord can work the same way in individual lives when we seek and follow His guidance. Blessings for the writings you do.

    Hello Martin, and I knew this was from you as I read on. I seldom check who the writer is at the beginning as several frequent ones have a style of writing.
    My daughter took me out yesterday to the DOLLAR TREE that now is all $1.25, where she spent much more than I did. Then my favorite Junking for Jewelry store where it’s mainly estate goodies. You and your would love this store, for sure!! I have so many treasures that go back as far as 1898.
    Keep on writing and sharing, and God bless you and yours in many special and surprising ways.

    What an interesting and intriguing analogy. Amen.

    A message for my heart!

    Amen Martin.

    Martin, thank you so much for this enlightening devotional. It is very rich, a real jewel for us readers,

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