It didn’t look like much at first.
The U-shaped wood desk had seen better days, much better days.
Though it was a high quality piece probably worth $5,ooo-6,000.00 brand new, with its current condition- the multiple nicks and dings, and the large chunk that was out of the center bridge section, it had nose-dived in value.
But, my brothers didn’t see it that way.
They went to work cleaning it, touching up the rough places, and then considerable restoration was done on the “chunk” that was missing-filling it in, molding it and reshaping it, and once smooth, re-staining it to look like it did originally. And you know what?
It started to raise in value.
We placed that restored piece on our showroom floor in our office furniture store and found a buyer who thought it was just fine as-is.
As I was thinking about that aspect of our business, and the concept of selling things that are used, something became clear to me.
The way my brothers looked at the potential value of that used piece of furniture was similar to the way that God looks at us, his people.
When we come to him, especially later in life, we aren’t new. Some of us far from it. We don’t have a “warranty”. We are used, or as-is. And He takes us just the way we are- with our flaws, wear-and-tear and all.
He looks beyond all of that and sees what we can be. What he made us to be. And he puts us back together.
Through his forgiveness, he fills in the gaps that are missing, and with his love he re-stains our rough exterior to a beautiful sheen that radiates his life through us. And then he stands back and smiles, knowing that all along we were valuable. He could see before we were ever restored even if we couldn’t.
What a great deal! And the best part? All of this work he does for us, it’s free. But make no mistake. It did not come cheap. Jesus bought and paid for each of us with his own blood.
How valuable and precious does that make us in God’s eyes?
It makes us like new.
Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
1 Cor 5:17