One of the cable shows I enjoy is Flea Market Flip where two teams go head to head to see who can make the most money transforming unexpected diamonds in the rough they find in flea markets into higher dollar gems.
What fascinates me is the creativity of the teams, turning what is often old worn out or broken furniture into unique, useful pieces of art, all in one day. As I was watching the show, it dawned on me that this is a great picture of how God works in our lives.
Think about how God searches for us, undervalued, hidden treasures, wanting to redeem and transform us into masterpieces for His Kingdom! Yes, he purchases each person with his blood, restores us and re-purposes us in such a way that we become much more valuable for His Kingdom!
In my case, I was living for myself, my objective just to be happy. When God redeemed me, He gave me a whole new purpose and reason to live. I began to serve God by ministering to others, using my unique gifts and talents. It took much longer than a day, but over time, God sanded off much of my pride and selfishness and gave me a whole new life in the ministry.
I've heard personal story after story of how God has taken a person off the scrap pile of life and restored them into a whole new life. Drug addicts, ex cons, broken marriages, people who were basically thrown away, being restored and "flipped" to new life and purpose for Christ.
Comedian and game show host, Steve Harvey is an example. He recently shared his story to a college audience about being homeless and living out of his car for three years before God re-purposed his life. Read his story here.
Even more so than the teams on Flea Market Flip, God's creativity is incredible. But different than Flea Market Flip, God wishes to re-purpose every life, not to sell to someone else but so that He can use and cherish us for His great purposes! 2 Cor. 5:17
How has God re-purposed your life?