When we arrived at the RV resort, Bev’s brother, showed us the improvements that he had made in his park model mobile home since we had last been here. He had the whole place painted, new flooring, new hardware on the kitchen cupboards, and a new faucet on the kitchen sink. He said that a new stainless steel sink would look good in his kitchen.
Well, a few days later we were taking the trash to the bin, and lo and behold there was a cabinet sitting beside the bin with a stainless steel sink in it. We promptly salvaged the sink and put it in his storage shed. About a week later we cleaned the sink up, removed his old harvest gold sink, changed the faucet out for the new one, and hooked up the drain. It looked good, and it didn’t leak! In about half a day, something that was on the trash heap was restored and purposeful once again.
God does the same thing with people if they will let Him. God makes people new through what Jesus did on the cross. He renews their purpose. Paul says it like this …
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20 – )