I spent most of the day rummaging around estate sales yesterday! If I can find some unusual item or collectible that looks lonely and forgotten in a corner, it’s my duty to rescue it and take it home where I can then nurse it back to health with love and care.
Each sale has its own unique ambience. When you walk in the door you immediately get a sense of whether these things were taken care of and worth taking a look at, or used, abused and ultimately thrown aside when no longer needed.
If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. – Kristin Chenoweth
There were two sales that represent each of these scenarios. The first was a collector’s paradise – filled with little treasures at every turn. The second was filled with items that were obviously well used, a little abused and may not have many more miles left in them.
The odd thing I noticed was at the second sale. It seemed every other item I saw had a large sign on it that said AS IS. The price did not reflect the fact that there was a flaw or damage to the item. There was a flawless price on flawed merchandise. As I said, we expect to strike bargains, and the buyers expect us to bargain with them.
What of this sign – AS IS??? I know without a doubt that this physical body of mine has that sign on it – and maybe yours does too. Does my soul have a sign hanging on it too? Were any of us born without flaws of character and needing redemption? No. We have an AS IS sign on our souls too.
Why were we worth redeeming? Have you ever asked yourself why God sent Jesus to save us? Why didn’t He just let the flood wipe everything out? He had a deep-down faith in His creation – that we would seek a relationship with Him.
He saw the AS IS sign on us but sent His only Son, Jesus, to suffer and die on Calvary’s cross. Then rise again on the 3rd day. We are not stuck in Saturday, weeping and mourning in our sorry state. Once we accept Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, we are free and redeemed, washed clean by the precious blood of Christ, the Lamb of God.
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. – Psalm 105:4
Seek the Lord while He may be found. He loves you so much He was willing to pay full price for you – AS IS. He purchased your soul and wants to lovingly care for you throughout your life – and beyond.
photo courtesy of S.G. Lutz
I’m going to take this thought a step further and submit that we should all look for the AS IS sign on each other? I’m not suggesting that we prejudge anyone, but that we cut each other more slack. I’m not suggesting that we whitewash over sin either; however, I would remind us that it’s not our job to change anyone. That can only be accomplished by God’s Holy Spirit. Here’s a great idea – let’s pray for one another, that our hearts and minds would be open to the leading of God’s Holy Spirit! Doesn’t that sound like a winner??? 🙂