Trash and Treasure

When something is precious to you, you’d do anything to have it back.

John 10:11-21

Reference: ““I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John‬ ‭10:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: A few days ago I was at the supermarket doing my weekly grocery shop. I wheeled my trolley over to my car to put my shopping in the boot.

There was a young child nearby, bending over and looking all over the ground. As I put my groceries away I looked around the ground wondering what the child was missing.

“What have you lost?” I asked. The child looked up at me with sad eyes.
“I dropped my 10 cents and now I can’t find it!” he said, close to tears.

Ahhh, I nearly chuckled! Such a sad face for only 10 cents!

But then I took myself back 30 or so years. For a child who only got 50 cents a week for pocket money, even 10 cents was precious.

My, how life had changed. I don’t think I’d even bend over if I dropped 10 cents these days! But when something is precious to you, you’d do anything to have it back.

Application: “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” is a common saying which highlights how we all value different things.

That is where we differ to Jesus. He treasures us all the same.

He explained this by saying He was the Good Shepherd and was willing to lay down his life for His sheep. He is like the little boy looking for his 10 cent piece.

No matter how worthy or worthless we feel, Jesus has laid down His life for us.

Prayer: Lord, we can never understand the value You have placed on us. We are not worthy and yet You laid down Your life anyway. Thank You. Amen.

How would you live differently if you viewed yourself as treasure instead of trash?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.