Ok, bear with me on this one. I have an analogy for you.
Recently I was walking through the woods behind my neighborhood to take photos for a class project. I’d noticed the path leading back there before and always wondered where it went.
I took my roommate with me (safety first ya know?) and we traipsed down the “trail” for what seemed like forever. We finally reached a dead end and were met with absolute chaos. Hundreds of bottles and cans covered the ground. Decomposing couches and chairs were strung up in the trees. Abandoned tires surrounded us in every direction. It was pretty gross.
While rummaging through the plethora of items littering the forest floor, my roommate spotted something interesting. Treasure among the trash. She bent down to pick up a $50 gift card covered in dirt. It had to be several years old; we found it next to a wrist band dated “2005.” Upon flipping it over, we realized that the code had never been scratched off. The card still needed to be claimed and redeemed.
Even though that gift card was in the midst of disorder and filthiness, it still had value. The only thing missing was someone to redeem it.
Is this ringing a bell with anyone?
Sometimes our lives are pretty gross. It often feels like everything is in complete disarray or that we are surrounded by sin. Even in these moments, we still have value because our God is the Redeemer. When we allow Him to claim us as His children and pull us out of that darkness, we can live up to our fullest potential.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” Ephesians 1:7
You are never too far gone. It’s not too late to accept this gift of freedom, salvation and forgiveness.
We can come to God in all our filth and leave redeemed. That news is better than a $50 gift card any day!
(Although that was also a pretty sweet blessing.)