How lost is lost? How long do you have to be lost before you are lost – physically as well as spiritually? How much sin is too much? How eternal is eternity? What will we know for eternity, whether in heaven or hell? When will I be good enough? What if today is my last tomorrow? So many questions. Only one answer.
A caterpillar cannot visualize life as a butterfly until it undergoes a complete meltdown - literally - within the chrysalis. It emerges as a new creation with new perspective, desires, and purpose. Salvation's Chrysalis clarifies the transition from a sinner-bug to a butterfly; from self-focused to others-focused; from selfish desires to God-centered desires. We sometimes think it should happen first.
My favorite garden tool is broken. And its brokenness makes it more useful to me. Broken people understand brokenness so that they can minister to the brokenness in others. Broken reminds us that God uses our brokenness when all we feel is broken. He accomplishes through our brokenness what is impossible without it. The apostle Paul understood this. We can appreciate our brokenness, too.
It takes more than hours of blood, sweat. and gears to restore the affects of rust and neglect. It takes vision, knowledge, and cost. Rust to Restoration parallels the restoration of a street rod with Jesus' restoration on the cross. Rust, like sin, needs more than a coat of paint.
The cross. We wear around our neck and on tee-shirt's; we display it on our walls; we dangle it from our rearview mirror; we see it on billboards and in church. When is the last time you faced Calvary for the first time? The poem At The Cross is the result of investing an hour reflecting on the cross on Good Friday several years ago. May it minister to you with fresh insight for the message God wants to imprint on your heart.