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Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch


My son and daughter-in-law love to go to garage and estate sales. Most of the things they find would be classified as junk. The things they find in these sales are already on their way to the trash heap, but the owners set them out for others to sort through in hopes of making a little money from all that trash before it's taken away. 

When my son stumbles across something that catches his eye, he rescues it from impending doom, negotiates a price with the owner, takes it home, and then converts it into something of value. Some of the items that he has restored have taken on a whole new life. These previously condemned sale items become very attractive decorations, retro furniture, or artistic knickknacks. All they needed was for someone to see the value in them, make the purchase, and restore them to their previous beauty.


Jesus did the same for us when He purchased us with His blood. Every one of us is already on the way to the eternal trash heap, but God sees the value in our worn out, damaged lives. He has chosen us, purchased us with Christ's shed blood, so that He can restore and transform us into something of infinite worth.

Without Christ, we are damaged goods and good for nothing, but we have been redeemed by a steep price. Because of this, and the infinite skill of the artist, the condemned sinner finds his true worth.

"You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20). 

Jesus Is The Trashman

Redemption Jesus, Savior Salvation

Source: “Sweden runs out of garbage, forced to import from neighbors,” MATT HICKMAN, December 9, 2016, 1:21 p.m.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-23

Scripture: Hebrews 10:11 ; John 1:29

Author: Illustration Exchange


Matt Hickman, with Mother Nature Network, reports:

Sweden, birthplace of the Smörgåsbord and the world’s preferred solar-powered purveyor of flat-pack home furnishings, is in a bit of a pickle: the squeaky clean Scandinavian nation of more than 9.8 million has run out of garbage. The landfills have been tapped dry; the rubbish reserves depleted. And although this may seem like a positive — even enviable — predicament for a country to be facing, Sweden has been forced to import trash from neighboring countries.

You see, Swedes are big on recycling. So big, in fact, that less than 1 percent of Swedish household waste ended up in a landfill last year or any year since 2011.

Good for them! However, the population's remarkably pertinacious recycling habits are also a bit of a problem given that the country relies on waste to heat and provide electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes through a longstanding waste-to-energy incineration program. So with citizens simply not generating enough burnable waste to power the incinerators, the country has been forced to look elsewhere for fuel. Says Catarina Ostlund, a senior advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in 2012: "We have more capacity than the production of waste in Sweden and that is usable for incineration."

The solution has been to import (well, kind of import) waste from other countries, mainly Norway and England. It's kind of a great deal for the Swedes: Other countries pay Sweden to take their excess waste, Sweden burns it for heat and electricity. 


It’s hard to imagine a country with its own affairs in such good order that it can take other countries garbage!  So it was with Jesus.  Jesus has no garbage of His own, which is why He was free to help you and me with our garbage!  If you are burdened with sin and guilt, Jesus is the trashman. 

“Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins” (Hebrews 10:11).

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). 

Free To Be A Walmart Greeter

Redemption Servanthood Motivation

Source: “Local woman wins lottery, decides to be Walmart greeter,” by Anna Lee,, May 13, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-27

Scripture: Colossians 3:10 ; Colossians 3:23

Author: Illustration Exchange


Anna Lee reports: 

A Piedmont woman who scratched off a $250,000 lottery win plans to retire within a year and do what she's always wanted — be a greeter at Walmart.

“I don’t know why, but all my life I’ve wanted to work at Walmart,” she told South Carolina lottery officials Friday. “I think it would be fun to try.”


The way most of us earn a living, and the way we would prefer to do so are seldom the same.  That was certainly the case with this woman, until she won the lottery.  Finally, with the help of a windfall, her dream of becoming a Walmart greeter become a reality.

But there is a spiritual windfall that provides us all with an even greater dream of serving God in our work. The gift of salvation not only brings redemption to our souls, it can even redeem our labor when it is rendered “as unto the Lord.” Regardless of our vocation, we can find joy and reward in serving Jesus, no matter how menial the task.

One day, the curse placed on Creation will be reversed, the lion will lay with the lamb, and we will be free from compulsive labor.  Freed to do what we were made to do, our joy will finally be complete. Until then, our consolation is that the most important part of our work, the motive behind it, is restored in Christ.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:10).

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).

Redemption's Price

Redemption Value (True Worth) Blood (of Jesus)

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2015-09-21

Scripture: Romans 7:14 ; 1 Peter 1:18

Author: Stephen Kingsley

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The Life of Pi

Worldview Redemption God's Love

Contributed By: Paul Barreca | Date Posted: 2015-06-19

Scripture: Colossians 1:13

Author: Paul Barreca

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Lessons From the Josh Duggar Fallout

Redemption Restoration Judging

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Ephesians 1:7

Author: Dr. Michael Brown / Illustration Exchange

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From Junk to Joy

God's Love Renewal Redemption

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Scripture: Romans 8:39

Author: James Miller

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God Uses Broken People

Redemption Grace Devotion

Contributed By: Andy Scarcliffe | Date Posted: 2015-02-06

Scripture: Psalms 28:7

Author: Sting

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Paying For Your Big Mac With Love

Love (Uncondtional) Love (Divine) Redemption

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-04

Scripture: Romans 8:35 ; John 15:13

Author: Rowena Lindsay (CSM) / Illustration Exchange

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Superstar Mark Wahlberg Seeks Pardon for Past Crimes

Pardon Redemption Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-09

Author: Alison King for NECN / Illustration Exchange

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