It is amazing what you can find in other peoples junk. A few years ago my kids spent the night with another family we knew from church. The next day was the annual yard sale where they lived. My kids had a ball going around and finding “treasure.” My boys came home with two large airplanes, and my eldest son found a glass lamp that I thought was horrible, but was used in our house for quite some time.
A pastor I served years ago told me about a story that happened to one of the men that attended our church. He purchased a guitar at a yard sale for $45, restrung it, and sold it for $150. The person who bought the guitar from him sold it for $1,500! We all know the cliché, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” but I want us to realize that the truth of that statement is not only for material things, but also for spiritual beings.
The story of Rahab is an exciting story. The spies had entered Jericho, and they had been spotted as spies. They entered into Rahab’s house, where she hid them. An agreement was made that when Israel came to destroy the city, they would spare her life as well as those in the house with her. Rahab let the spies down the wall of the city with a cord, and when Israel came to Jericho, she and her house were saved.
The story does not end there for Rahab. She is listed in the chronicles of the hero’s of faith in Hebrews. Mt. 1:5 tells us that 4 generations after Rahab, King David was born, and 27 generations later Jesus Christ was born. She started out as an inhabitant of Jericho’s landfill, because she was a harlot, but ended in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, because of her faith.
The Bible records other treasures found in landfills. David was a murderer, but is known as a man after God’s own heart. Zacceaus was a tax collector, and a thief, but was turned around when Jesus came to visit him. The Samaritan woman had been married several times, and was living with her boyfriend, but Jesus turned her around, and made her treasure. She went on to win her city for Christ. Mary was a harlot, but was the only one who prepared Jesus for his burial with her tears, and the valuable ointment from her alabaster box. Jesus said her deed would be told as a memorial for her. Paul was a destroyer of the faith, beating some, imprisoning others, approving of others being killed, until Jesus arrested him on the road to Damascus. Paul became a treasure as he won the Middle East for God.
There is more treasure in the landfill. Do you really know the people you live next to? All around us live law breakers, thieves, immoral people, drug addicts, drunkards, who are waiting for us to pick them out of the landfill, show them the way to Jesus, so that He can make them into treasure. 1 Cor 6:9-11 says, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” KJV
All of us are former landfill residents. Only by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ have we become treasure. Now it’s our turn to find treasure. That’s what Jesus does with people like you and I, and He wants to continue finding treasure through us. Are you available and willing to be a treasure hunter in the landfill?