Junk or Treasure?
Every year in May, there is a 502-mile sale known as “Antique Alley & Yard Sale” along Highway 11, extending from Bristol, Virginia, to Meridian, Mississippi. People from all over the southeastern United States go looking for treasures, and hundreds of people set up their yard sales, hoping to sell their treasures (often known as “junk”). It does not take long for both groups of people to be satisfied. Some know exactly what they are looking for and find their treasure for just a small price. However, the seller is also excited because he sells something that is worthless to him. He is glad to get rid of the “junk” that was just taking up space.
There is an old saying that “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” I know it is true from both the seller’s and the buyer’s viewpoint. Many times we have set up yard sales for the ladies of our Deaf ministry to raise money to go to the Deaf Ladies Retreat. We ask for donations of items from people in our church. Sometimes I look at the items donated and think, “No one will ever buy that!” But often I am surprised when that item is the first thing purchased. At other times, there is an item donated that everyone wonders, “What in the world is that?” Since no one knows, the item sits on the table unwanted. Then one person comes by who knows what the item is, and suddenly, it becomes the item everyone wants!
There was a man in Pennsylvania who bought a framed picture for $4 at a yard sale, wanting only the frame. Later, when he removed the picture, he found a folded document, which ended up being an original copy of the Declaration of Independence. It was sold at auction for $2.42 million! Truly, the items unwanted by some, are of great value to others.
Perhaps you feel “worthless,” and others see you as “junk.” You may not have the talents or abilities someone else has. You may not have won any awards at school or gotten any praise at the office. Maybe no one applauded your performance, and no one at church patted you on the back and said, “Good job.” Even your family may not recognize you as valuable.
But you are of great worth to God. He Who fearfully and wonderfully made you (Psalm 139:14), Who knew you even in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5), and Who gifted you for His work (I Corinthians 12), knows your worth. He bought you from sin with the precious blood of His Son. What a great cost! You are His treasure!