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Living Life Redemptively

June 23, 2014
Collateral

Collateral

Location: Jerry’s Pawn Shop, Highway 99 Lynnwood

  • Desperate times call for desperate measures. When you find yourself pawning a $500 watch for less than $20, something in life must have gone horribly wrong. And that one “something” is oftentimes just one of the misfortunes that have come your way. You find yourself going from one low point to the next; and here you are at the pawn shop, praying a “9-1-1” prayer to God that He will help you redeem your watch next month, or that guitar that once was your key to happiness, or your wedding ring, or…
  • The pawn shop is just a visible sign that we have parted with the material valuables in our lives. Long before we got there, we may have parted with many of our spiritual and emotional valuables. Our friendships, our relationships, our confidence, our self-worth, our health, our capacity to love. We are not just financially bankrupt, we are also spiritually and emotionally bankrupt.
  • One way or another, all of us have pawned something in our lives. We have given something valuable away for a short term gain, hoping to be able to redeem it later. But in many cases we lost the ticket, and what we once lost is forever lost. Pawn brokers are in business to make a profit. Satan is unforgiving.
  • This is not a topic we happily discuss in church. We are afraid that the guilt and shame will alienate us from the community of God’s children. “Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune as the fate of those whose feet are slipping.” (Job 12:5 NIV).
  • But in Mark 2:17 NIV, Jesus says: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” When we enter into a life transforming relationship with Jesus, He helps us make the right decisions so that we don’t have to find ourselves at the spiritual pawn shop, but live a blessed life regardless of the circumstances. Jesus’ words and grace can help us to not string together a long series of low points, but embrace misfortune as an opportunity to strengthen our faith. And if we believe in Jesus, He will be our pawn broker, offering mercy in abundance and gracefully safeguarding our souls on our behalf. Our church is our “un-pawn shop” and all we have to do to redeem our lives is believe in Him.
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  1. June 23, 2014 8:03 AM

    Phil, this is remarkably precise and insightful. It reminds me of the power of Jesus’ words to convict as well as console. Both of these saving actions are necessary and cooperate with one another as grace in our lives.

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