Published August 18, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Sense from Cents"

Friday evening as we walked, I found pennies. In fact, I found seven pennies total.

The first penny was in the road. It was chewed up. There were deep grooves in the edges. It looked like it had been run over and through a rough time. But, I picked it up since it was still a penny.

The second penny I found was bright and shiny. It was clean. It looked new. I found it to the edge of the sidewalk. It was protected under a row of bushes and off the regular path where people walk.

Just a little ways on, there was a big crack in the sidewalk filled with dirt. The third penny was in that dirt and when I dug it out, it remained dirty and covered with filth. But, it joined the other two pennies in my pocket.

As I thought about the pennies and their differences, I noticed some similarities in the coins.

They all have the same worth. Each one can be used. New or old, they can stay in their same condition or they can be cleaned up. They all need to be picked up and redeemed.

Maybe you know where I am going with this illustration.

People are all around us and we need to look for them and at them. We need to see them clearly. We need to see them with God's eyes. To God, they all have the same worth. Angels rejoice at a sinner coming home to God.

People can remain in their same condition or they can be changed. All can be cleaned up. All can be made "whiter than snow."

Each one can be used of God. The damage and the scars of life might remain, but they can be used. Those who have been redeemed early might not show those scars, but they can be used as well. God has a purpose for each one.

The biggest likeness among people is that ALL need to be redeemed. Those who look shiny and clean need to have an inside cleansing. Those who appear bruised and ruined need to have a touch from the Lord. Romans 3:23 reads, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God..."

The passage continues with verses 24 and 25, "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [an atoning sacrifice] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."

If we look squeaky clean or if we look dirty and scarred, all of us have sinned and we need to be redeemed. Jesus came to earth to make that possible. Accept His gift. Share His gift.

- Shelia

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