Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Something From Nothing

Enjoy this guest post from Cathy Bryant of Word Vessel Blog.

“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (I Corinthians 6:11, NIV)

Sweat dripped from my brow as we finished the demolition of a dilapidated shed and cleared the area for the new metal storage building that would take its place. But as I viewed the amount of scrap wood left over from the old building, I realized we had a problem. What would we do with it? I immediately thought of Dad.

Dad could take what other people saw as junk and make it useful and functional again, sometimes with humorous results. Like the old tractor with a mason jar for a fuel pump and the old Buick whose dome light flashed on every time I stepped on the brakes. I gave him a quick phone call. He would take the wood.

In the year following, Dad made me a coffee table, butler’s table and jewelry box—all from the scrap wood. What we had considered worthless was transformed into useful and beautiful treasures.

It is the same with us.

God can take a life that seems beyond hope or help and turn it into something useful—even valuable. Our lives, once ruined by the stain of sin, were redeemed at a great cost and made clean by the blood of Christ. And God is still at work in our lives, refining us for His purpose and His kingdom.

So the next time you doubt that God can use you, remember the lesson of the old wooden shed. You have been carefully crafted by the Master Carpenter into a useful vessel for Him.

Dear Lord:

Thank You that our lives have purpose. That You can use us, even when we mess up. Thank You for Your grace and the blood of Jesus that makes it possible.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Cathy Bryant loves to use her writing for God’s glory. You can visit her at http://WordVessel.blogspot.com where she gives away free Christian fiction every week.


  1. Dee~Thanks so much for allowing me the privilege of writing a guest blog post for Christian Daily.


  2. Thank you. What a lovely devotional.