Trash to Treasure

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Trash to Treasure: That’s what the sign read in the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, TX. A fitting description  of 25 years of a man’s work. Our family visited this Austin attraction today and came away very impressed. We were so stirred that my brother-in-law and I went back later to speak to the artist the good news his masterpiece had brought to mind among us.

The Bible says that after Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and fell away from God’s presence and into sin and death, God did not give them up. He visited them with good news: That the woman’s seed would bruise the deceiving serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15). God not only promised that man – Christ and the church – would conquer Satan, but He even more intrinsic is the thought in the Scriptures from Genesis 1&2 to Revelation 21&22 that He is taking His chosen people from being empty earthen men to become a structure of treasure – the New Jerusalem.

God is doing His recovery work using one element that is beyond human capacity: He is transfusing and dispensing His own life into the vessels of earth that He chose to transform their earthy character into a precious, heavenly character. There are a few examples of this in the New Testament:

  1. Peter’s name is changed from Simon, meaning weak, to Peter, meaning a stone (John 1:42). Peter writes that we believers are coming to Christ as living stones for God’s building (1 Pet. 2:1).
  2. The wood, hay, and stubble in 1 Corinthians 3 contrast with the gold, silver, and precious stones in the same chapter. Yet only the gold, silver, and precious stones transfer to the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 & 22.
  3. Adam means red clay, but in 1 Corinthians 15:45-54 the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit with a heavenly body to make earthy men heavenly men with a heavenly image.

Today God is not done building his treasure city. Day by day we need to receive the Divine dispensing to transform our natural being into one with intrinsic value to God until we become His corporate expression. We receive by simply calling on the name of the Lord and receiving Him into our spirit (Rom 10:12, John 1:12, Gal 3:5). 

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