Garage Sale Grace

  I saw this title and article in Red Letter Believers blog, June 20, 2011 and I saved it thinking I would make a devotional out of it someday.  Now is the day to see what I can do with it.

  The author told of seeing in a garage sale, a dirty, rusted, completely unusable Underwood Typewriter.  I had such a manual typewriter.  With it, I typed my sermons, letters, Bible study material.  It worked well. It was a sturdy machine. But, what a change came when the electric typewriter was invented. It took me some time before I could get use to the speed and efficiency of the new typewriter.  It was not as easy as the old Underwood.       Now, back to the garage sale…

  What had happened?  This once glorious instrument was now nothing more than another piece of junk at a garage sale.  Broken, unusable, despised was this Underwood Typewriter buried in a pile of rubble. 
Three dollars, that was the price set on this machine.  Really, even that was too much for something completely disabled.   But, it was there to be rescued.  So, the purchase price was given and the Underwood Typewriter was carried home.  SAVED.

  I thought, we are much like that old Underwood Typewriter.  When we were new, first made, we really looked good and worked well. Over time, we began to change, time began to take a toll on us.  We made mistakes, sinned, and as we grew older, we didn’t get better.  Our worth decreased.
However, all the while our Maker God was trying to restore us, make us like new. To accomplish this, He extended His Grace.  Grace, His everything to us who deserved nothing. He offered His love in the gift of Himself in Jesus. He paid for us, redeemed us, bought us back out of ‘hock’ to the devil and sin.  We were a pawn to our own selfishness.  

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

  You see what happened, like the old Underwood Typewriter, we were discarded, of no worth, but Jesus came into our lives and NOW, WE ARE MADE NEW AND OUR WORTH IS BECAUSE OF THE VALUE HE PUTS ON US. 

“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.”  Galatians 6:15

5 Responses to “Garage Sale Grace”

  1. Max , Thank you so much for this great reminder. I for one am so gratefull for God’s Grace.With out His Grace and Love we all would be lost.One of my favorite Hymns is :
    ” Grace, Grace ,marvelous Grace. Grace That will pardon , cleansed with in, Grace that will make me whiter than snow” . I am so glad Jesus saved me and His Grace
    is sufficient . May God continue to use you as you send out these devotionals . May He bless you as you begain teaching in our Sunday Morning Bible class.
    Love from your #1 fan,, Joann

  2. Max–This brought to mind the poem that was popular when we
    were in college–I think it was called, “The Old Violin.”. It began
    ‘Twas battered and scarred
    And the autioneer,
    Thought it hardly with his time
    To waste much time on the old violin
    But he held it up with a smile.”

    Marvelous message—it continues with the thought
    that many a man
    with life out of tune
    is autioned cheap
    to a thoughless crowd
    much like the old violin.

    It mentions, a glass a wine and other things that causes one
    to throw his life away–today we can add drugs, prono,
    a sinful night, etc. such a cheap price for a life.

    You can look it up on the web, if you have forgotten it.
    Thanks for the devotion.
    Glen Wheeler

  3. Thanks Max for the food for thought. I remember the song referred to above “The Old Violin” and I have it on my iTunes. It is such a great reminder of how anything that appears old and useless can be made beautiful and whole in the hands of the Master. Thanks for your wonderful devotionals. I look forward to them each week. Blessings to you and Joann.

  4. Max,

    Thank you, for your words of encouragement my friend and brother in Christ. I wanted to let you know I shared this on my facebook this morning and left your link for others to also join in. I pray to God daily for more people to stand boldly in a world that believes in Christ but not have the strength to share the “Good News.” You are truely blessed with such a gift from our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless and have a great day.

  5. What a wonderful reminder of how God can take us and wash us with his love and grace to make us whole in Christ Jesus. Also the story, Glen, of the ‘ole violin is among my favaorites as to how we can be changed by the Master. Max, as you teach on prayer, I think of our alma mater and faith, prayer and works that built the college as well as building our lives. The other day I said to myself that it would be nice if God healed my itching ears which I’ve had since the 80\’s. Another day, I noticed that they were not itching any more. How great is our God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .

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