I remember collecting used, empty bottles as a kid. We’d take them to the corner store, hand them to the clerk, and get money to buy gum, candy, or more soda. Sometimes we needed to buy regular stuff like bread, or milk, cause we didn’t have much money. I thought it was pretty cool that someone decided that empty bottles had value.
What’s better, is that God has decided that my empty, and used up life has value.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:23, 24 NKJV)
I’m redeemable! So are you! And he doesn’t want us for junk food. He wants us for good stuff – salt and light.
The empty bottles I turned in were washed and refilled and put back in the soda machine. Because they could be used again, they had value.
God wants to wash away the grime of sin in my life, refill me with refreshment, and put me back out there to refresh . . . you, maybe? This is exceedingly great value – as we refresh each other, we now have meaning, or purpose. We get to serve others, over and over.
Redeemable is pretty cool!