Just the other day, while out driving on a stretch of rural road, I came across a section of road that was littered with an abundance of trash. Trash on the road. In the ditches. Strewn across the fields adjacent to the road. It seems this particular stretch of road had become a popular dumping spot – for just about anything someone might want to discard.
My first thought was… why? Everyone owns a few trash cans (where trash is supposed to go [thus the name TRASHcan]). Why toss your trash out the window of your car, when you could just take it back home and put it in a place that was made for such things? What is the thinking behind tossing your trash out of a moving car? Is there any thinking at all? Maybe, for some, it is just something you do… when you are driving around. I don’t know… All I know is that all that trash made that stretch of road… unsightly… ugly.
Then I got to thinking about why people discard trash at all. We discard things that are no longer useful or no longer valued. Because we no longer want or need these things they are tossed out. You would never see someone driving down a road tossing hundred dollar bills out the window (unless they were insanely rich). And if there were hundred dollar bills littering the road, the ditches, and the fields – there would be droves of people lined up to comb every inch of that stretch of road. We value money… we do not value trash. The value of something makes all the difference in how we treat it.
This also applies to people.
If we do not value ourselves – if we see ourselves as just so much trash – we will always act as if we were useless, worthless, expendable, discardable. We will find it so difficult to love… and be loved. Because we have concluded that we have no value.
The enemy of our souls works extremely hard to plant these types of seeds into our minds and hearts. All he has to do, to keep us from fulfilling God’s reason for creating us, is to get us to see ourselves as just so much trash.
This is our first meaningful step towards our renewal. We have to discard our trash thoughts… and accept a new thought – that we are loved, valued, and treasured by the Most High.
We must remember that Jesus came to this earth because we were the objects of His love. We were actually trash… but He looked upon us as treasure.
Jesus’ journey to the cross was for the expressed purpose of becoming our permanent trash dump. The Bible says that He became sin, on our behalf (2 Cor. 5:21). That means that all the ugliness, worthlessness, uselessness – everything we had become – was placed upon Jesus. And when He died, ALL that trash died with Him. It was taken away… properly, and permanently!
But that is not the end of the story. After taking all of our trash, He gave us something in return. Something only He could give. Something that was for ever. He gave us a new identity… the beloved children of God (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16).
In Jesus, we have gone from being so much trash, discarded by the way… and become the cherished treasure of God Almighty.
Prayer focus: God, help me to always see myself through the eyes of Your love for me… that I am treasured by the King of the Universe!