Sunday, December 24, 2006

Rescued from the Fire

I recently had lunch with two former co-workers. They both have an interesting new job. They basically rescue items from buildings that have caught fire.

As I understand it, when after a house fire is completely out, the insurance company calls the dry cleaning company that these two work for. Then they go in and pack up anything that seems like it can be salvaged...from clothes to beanie babies. Then they take the items back to the dry cleaner and try to 'clean' everything that they recovered. They inventory the things that can not be salvaged and clean whatever can be redeemed.

It's dirty work. After working in a burned home, they come out smelling like smoke. When they start the cleaning process, they get filthy dirty.

Why?

All to help get someones life back to normal. They are willing to get smelly and dirty to help some one else redeem what is valuable to them.

As I was leaving lunch that day, the Bible teacher on my car radio was talking about people who accept our Loving Lord just as 'fire insurance'. Fire insurance is a 'must have' but it is something we honestly, sincerely hope we never have to use, right?

Much like my friends that work for the dry cleaner and clean up dirty, smelly possessions, I have another Friend that left the comfort of His home to go and clean up dirty, smelly lives. He goes in and takes inventory of all the things in your life that need to be cleaned up. What's different with Him is that everything He inventories is absolutely redeemable.

Do you know this friend? He is my Loving Lord. And He is so, oh so much, much more than a fire insurance policy! He is love in action. He left the comfort of Heaven to come to a be born in a small town and to be placed in a smelly manger when there was no room in the inn. He left that smelly manger to prepare to die on a rugged cross. He left that rugged cross to be buried in a cold, dark tomb. He arose from the dead to leave that cold, dark tomb to go back to Heaven to prepare a place just for YOU! He did all of that and much, much more so that you can live a fully redeemed life.

Will you go beyond seeing Him as your fire insurance policy? Will you willing expose your weakest points to Him so that He can redeem you from what ever is burning inside of you? Will you thank Him for all He has done for you by living for Him each and every day? Will you give a gift to the "Greatest Christmas Gift of all time"...give Him your life...completely?

Luke 2:7 (New International Version) and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

John 14:2 (New International Version) In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.

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