Re-purposed Re-imagined

I greatly enjoy viewing and seeing how old worn out items are creatively and innovatively reconstructed, re-purposed, re-imagined and refurbished into some new, fun and useful. Items like old jeans are made into comforters, old skate boards made into a chair, old bottles made into light fixtures, an old rake head into a necklace organizer, old doors made into a creative hanging bench, used shipping creates into homes, a discarded grand piano turned sideways into a book case and my favorite is an old TV entertainment center made into a kids play kitchen. Now I could go on or you could Google ‘re-purposed’ images and feast your eyes on all the creative and innovative uses of discarded and used materials or just go on Pinterest and see how to do all these creative things.

Actually, many of us used to do a lot re-purposing and re-imagining when we were kids. Remember taking that refrigerator box and with a little imagination and creativity it became a cave to explore, a ship to sail, a fort to defend? Maybe you recall turning that old towel into a superhero’s cape, a flying carpet, or a cloak of invisibility. With a little ingenuity, creativity and a bit of engineering many things can be re-purposed and re-imagined.

One of the greatest re-purposing and re-imagining is what God does with our own lives! It’s really the plan God had in mind for us all along
Psalm 139:16 Your (God’s) eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Yet living in a sin-saturated, self-focused world and with the unfortunate reality of our sin-nature (see Romans 3:23), our bent is not God’s plan at all. So we are destined to whatever our environment influences us to do, act or be. However, God through Jesus, the great ‘Imagineer’ (to take a term from Disney that combines imagination and engineering) can reimagine and repurpose.

Jesus can creatively and innovatively do a work in our lived, from our core outward transforming us:
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.1 The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

To be ‘in Christ’ is to make the choice and take the action to believe; to recognize we are sinful and in need of a Savior, to acknowledge Jesus as our Savior, and to commit to do the best we can to live life Jesus’ way. In the Bible book called Romans chapter 6 explains it this way…
Romans 6:3-4 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

That ‘newness of life” is the re-purposed re-imagined life God has for us…a life that yields great fruit.
Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

It is a life re-purposed to love, to love God and to love others:
Matthew 22:37-39 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

And to be about loving good works:
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

I wonder how different our world would be, how different we would be if our attention was shifted off ourselves and onto our loving God who wants to re-purpose re-imagine us? It’s easy to feel used-up, insignificant, unimportant, irrelevant…yet that is NOT what God sees (check out Psalm 139), He has a great re-purposed and re-imagined plan for you!

Seeking to be re-imagined and re-purposed by God with you,

Mike

PS This Sunday we will talk some about this as we continue our teaching series called ‘In the Dust of the Rabbi.” We are studying the Bible book of Matthew as we learn about our Rabbi Jesus and how we can follow His example. To listen in or join us, please check our web site www.cypresschurch.net.

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