Summary: understand that God views each of us as a TREASURE!
Trash to Treasure
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness
Can you think of how many things you have thrown away and later resented discarding a certain item? Well every day we discard trash in our homes, at work, at school, and when we are just in our vehicles. We even have a time of year that we are all doing what is known as spring cleaning in our homes where we find old items such as clothing, furniture or so forth to give away or throw away. If we look at it in today’s time we even go so far to list items on Craigslist, EBay, Facebook or any way we can dispose of the unwanted item in our home. We have to understand that we may view an item as TRASH but keep in mind that someone else may view it as a TREASURE. As God gave me this word it is clear that he views each of us as his treasures. Therefore let me expound on the difference of Trash that is trash and trash that is treasure It is clear that when we view many items we see as trash such as a piece of paper on the floor as trash. Trash is defined as an item that is discarded and unwanted. Even the words we say to each other can be viewed as trash. Whereas Treasure is defined as something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is hidden or kept in a safe place: something that is very special, important, or valuable: a person who is greatly loved or valued especially because of being very helpful. For example a woman was throwing away old custom jewelry and she thought was worthless but someone found a ring in that trash and took the time to clean the ring and found that it was a valuable diamond ring. Also we have to realize that there are other ways we can view trash such as statements we make to each other, or how we treat each other, the places we visit; and also the company we keep. Realize that we are challenged to walk in the path of righteousness and As Christians follow God’s instructs for us to be HOLY as he is HOLY not the form of Godliness but to walk in HOLINESS which takes me to three important points that we need to address in this message:
1. How we Think – 1 Corinthians 3:16-20
2. How we Act – Acts 10:27-28
3. How we Speak – Jeremiah 38:1-10
Let me redirect the word THINK to THOUGHTS for in 1 Corinthians 3:16-20 - 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
As Paul teaches about the truth regarding we are GOD’s Temples for God’s spirit dwells within us; And how he knows out every thought whether they are clean or unclean thoughts. When we are tempted with impure thoughts is when God grants us the choice as to follow through with the thought or to turn away. See when we turn away from such thoughts the Master purges us and renews within us at that moment. Furthermore it is clear that we as his children we should maintain clean thought not allowing the enemy to destroy us by our thoughts. Watch your thoughts; they become words for when we are challenged we must turn to the word of God for our direction. In John 15: 1-7
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.