My Calling To the Junkyard...12:37 PM
On Monday nights, I attend (as much as I can) a women's ministry called Infusion at Citylight Church in Charlotte. We gather together from near and far to study the scripture, discuss our thoughts, and the whispers of our hearts. Last night we discussed a message by, Pastor Tony Evans (Who is AMAZING and Anointed!). He started out his message about a man who is a "junkyard junkie." A junkyard junkie who collects trash to create pieces of art. Art that sells for thousands of dollars apiece. Art that was once considered as someone's trash. This story struck a chord in my heart. A story I could not stop thinking about...
But the junkyard junkie is a subject that resonated in my heart and left me tossing and turning last night. I couldn't stop thinking about what Pastor Tony Evans said. He said how this man saw more than just trash; he saw treasure. He would see something of greater value vs the average person walking by. He also stated another person he knows who seeks treasure in the trash, the greatest Creator of them all... Jesus. He then tied the story to people who God used to change the world and history forever. He spoke about these people who were considered to be the lowest of the low; the unwanted, and the dirty. Sinners like Rahab, The Prostitute. A prostitute who was considered to be dirty, disgusting, worthless and wicked. A human who was considered to be trash in eyes of man.
BUT GOD saw something greater. He saw a child of God, someone beautiful. He saw her heart... He saw treasure in the junkyard. He knew His plans. Not only did God use her in a great, unexpected way by risking her life to protect spies, but He chose her to be in the lineage of Jesus Christ. Even though she was a prostitute, He chose her for something GREATER.
Throughout the Bible, Rahab is mentioned as one in the hall of fame, even in the new testament: Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17, 22, 23, 25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25. She was an individual people would never suspect to amount to anything. Can you imagine the stories and gossip being told around the city about her? Can you even begin to think how people may have treated her? Or the way she treated herself? Nevertheless, her name was Rahab. Rahab THE prostitute. A title earned by her own choices. A life of disgrace. A life of shame.
What do you think of Rahab the Prostitute?
How do you see her?
How do you relate to her?
Do you think she just got lucky? Or we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose? (Romans 8:28) Do you think she thought she would have a grandson who would one day be the King of Israel? Or be in the family tree of The Savior of the World, Jesus Christ? According to men, that doesn't happen. According to track records, yes, evidence shows throughout history people like her "fill in the blank."
But Rahab's story is a game changer. God used someone who was labeled as "The least of these" for His glory. Yet, do you think she felt like her life was worthless and she was considered trash in the junkyard? Do you think she ever believed the label given to her? Do you think she saw herself as greater and worthy due to the things she had done? Do you think she struggled with her self-worth?
What about the person who feels like trash, ruined, dirty and discarded?
What about the girl who has been violated by an abuser and feels like she will never be clean again?
What about the one who thinks he's done too many sins for any kind of forgiveness?
What about the child who has been abandoned by a parent(s) and is tossed from home to home because no one cares to love them?
What about the spouse who told you that "you are just not good enough"... and now left with a shattered heart.
What about the child who is told they will never amount to anything in life?
What about the person who feels like they will never be smart enough? Never be strong enough? Never be beautiful enough?
What about the person who feels like they could never be forgiven again?
Is this you?
I'm here to tell you that you are wrong.
YOU ARE worthy and have a purpose.
YOU ARE NOT ruined. Someone may have left stains on your life, but Christ can heal you.
YOU ARE wanted.
YOU ARE beautiful.
YOU ARE created in HIS image.
YOU ARE called to live GREATER, according to His glorious plan.
YOU ARE NOT a mistake.
You may have made mistakes, but YOU ARE NEVER too far from His grace.
YOU CAN experience freedom from pain.
YOUR ARE forgiven.
YOU ARE NOT your past.
YOU ARE NEVER forgotten.
YOU ARE loved.
You are a Child of God.
It's so easy for us to believe the lies told to us. The lies that we are never going to be good enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, strong enough or that our past will ruin our future. It's so easy for us to accept the expectations people place on us. Yet, God has called us according to His purpose! Take it from me, one that struggles DAILY with my self-worth, confidence, fear and being the acceptor of lies. As I struggle and wrestle with the lies daily, I always need to remind myself I do NOT have to accept the world's labels. I DO have a purpose and He has a plan. I am NOT who I once was. I AM forgiven. I AM worthy, cherished and loved. I am a child of God. I have a calling.
If there is anything I can pray for specifically, please reach out to me. If you need help, please contact Citylight Church. The team would love to pray with you and for you. Go to www.citylightcharlotte.org
No matter where you are, God see's your heart. He see's your beauty and the worth that He has created you for. He loves you and see's you as His beloved. You are not trash. You are worthy and called according to His purpose.
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1 Peter 2:21 // For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
1 John 1:9 // If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Colossians 2:13-14 // And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Psalm 45:11 // The Lord is ENTHRALLED with your beauty. So worship HIM, for He is your King.
Romans 8:2 // For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Romans 3:24-25 // And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
Lamentations 3:17-26 // My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.” Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.
John 3:16-17 // “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
1 John 4:4 // Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.