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Reused or recycled?

By LESLIE ADAMS The Country Preacher

Someone recently corrected me in my use of the term "recycling." I was told that things are not "recycled" but they are "reused." I looked up the two words in the dictionary and both are good words. To reuse something is "to use it again." To "recycle" is "to put through a cycle again or through a new cycle; return for further treatment or use."

HISTORY—Senior adults of First Baptist Church, Rockdale, made a Nov. 11 trip to Star of the Republic Museum near Brenham. The museum presents the history of Texas during the Texas Republic period of 1836-1846. From left are Ramona Barlow, Blake Gearhart, Dorothy Chaddock, Nan Muston, Gerry Offield, Mary Lois Morgan, Nell and Ernest Hoffmeyer. HISTORY—Senior adults of First Baptist Church, Rockdale, made a Nov. 11 trip to Star of the Republic Museum near Brenham. The museum presents the history of Texas during the Texas Republic period of 1836-1846. From left are Ramona Barlow, Blake Gearhart, Dorothy Chaddock, Nan Muston, Gerry Offield, Mary Lois Morgan, Nell and Ernest Hoffmeyer. At "The Country Preacher's Fishing Hole" we have lots of items which are not reusable. They have been stained, bent or broken. They cannot be "reused" in their present condition, but they can be "recycled." They can be washed, polished, glued, straightened, painted and recycled into something new and usable.

We have an Indian friend who works with us at "The Fishing Hole" restoring old furniture. Sometimes he just has to polish and/or stain a piece of furniture to make it reusable. Sometimes, he takes two or three broken items and, using parts of them all, makes one beautiful piece of furniture. He dries the wood or cloth, stains or paints the wood, makes new cushions for chairs, and new tops for tables. These pieces are not reusable as they are, but they can be recycled into something new.

Isn't that the way we are as Christians? Sometimes we fall by the wayside because we are tired or grieved, saddened or hurt by someone. Maybe we are going through an illness that makes us unable to work for our Lord as we want to. We are not worth much to God in the shape we are in, but through rest and prayer we can get back to work and be used again. We are still the same person we were before, but just rested and ready to get back to work for the Lord. We are reusable.

But, what about those who get into drugs or alcoholism? Maybe the person has even committed the sin of rape or murder. Can these people be "reused?" No, not as they are. Can they be rehabilitated or "recycled?" Yes, they can. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

These people can be changed. Their lives can be "recycled" for God. When this happens, they are no longer the person they were before, but they are totally changed through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the person who was not usable by God has been recycled into a new person.

II Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." That person is "recycled" and "a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." II Timothy 2:21.

Have you somehow gotten out of fellowship with God? Do you want to get back into service and be "reused" by your Lord? He's still your Savior. You may have turned your back on Him, but He never left you. All you have to do is talk to Him. He's always listening. Just ask His forgiveness and it is immediately yours.

Maybe you have never known God and you feel that what you have done is unpardonable. If you feel a desire to turn your life over to Him and be "recycled" for His use, then what you have done is not unpardonable, because that desire is God's Holy Spirit wooing you to turn to Him.

Romans 10:9-10 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Call out to God today and He will answer you, because Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Some of you need to be "reused" and some need to be "recycled," but remember this: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16.

Recycled or reused? Turn you life over to God and He will make it right.


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