God is the Creator. The Bible begins with the majestic story of His creation of the universe, and it concludes with His creation of a new heaven and a new earth. “And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'” (Rev. 21:5) This is a tremendous hope and encouragement for the believer. Because of the blood of Jesus Christ, we are with God, our sins forgiven and our future is secure. Whatever else is happening in the world, He has overcome it! “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Cynthia Ruchti wrote the following devotional published in Mornings With Jesus 2017 that I would like to share:
My daughter and I entered an antique shop that leaned more toward a junk shop. Rusted, crumbling, moldy items filled every surface, every corner, even hung–cobweb-draped–from the ceiling.
Minutes earlier, we’d walked wide, carpeted aisles of a more upscale–and cleaner–antique store. Now we stood in a shop that made us sneeze. “I’m allergic to the mustiness of dying things,” my daughter said. I agreed.
Her words stirred the beginnings of a reflection far clearer than what we saw in rippled windows and grime-fogged mirrors. I began to see that Jesus is also essentially allergic to the mustiness of dying things.
Jesus celebrates remembrances, in keeping with His Father’s heart and His New Testament teachings: “Remember Me“; “remember this moment“; “recall what has been done for you“. But musty, dusty, dying things are not His domain. Life is His forte. The sentence “Behold, I am making all things new” appears as some of His final words in the Bible.
What will we do with the reminder that if our thought-life remains mired in dusty, musty, decaying junk shops, we’re lingering in places that make Him itch and sneeze?
Is there a specific area of your thought life that resembles that dusty, moldy, overcrowded antique store? Invite Jesus to don His hazmat suit and join you in tossing the useless, dusting off the salvageable, and applying His truths to mold removal.