He Wastes Nothing — That He has Access to


He wastes nothing.

You have heard that before — probably from a well-meaning friend in a time of turmoil. There isn’t an exact scripture with this verbiage, but we all believe it to be true. I have always assumed that it was spoken in reference to Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

I believe this verse wholeheartedly! He weaves the schemes of the Enemy into the beautiful tapestry of our lives and what he (the Enemy) meant for evil, God will redeem and make good spring forth. The concept that he wastes nothing can be supported by the phrase  “in all things” meaning he uses it all. If he uses it all then nothing is wasted. The asterisk that I would place at the end of our beloved mantra of He wastes nothing is that he can only fully use what we allow him to. Far too many Christians carry their past baggage everywhere they go. They declare victory over it in Jesus’ name, but maintain the rights to it and how it is used in their life.

Imagine Holy Spirit is sitting at a table. He warmly welcomes you to join him by gesturing to the chair across from him and gazing at you with affirming affection. His grin increases as you approach the table dragging your increasingly heavy baggage with you. You are struggling and pulling as the weight of all the offenses and challenges you’ve encountered in this life weigh down your progress. This bag started out empty but over time it became too hard to even shoulder. You are now resemble a turtle trudging through peanut butter as you plod through life with painstakingly slow steps towards glory. You finally reach the table and collapse into the chair, exhausted. Holy Spirit is stifling a  laugh at the sight of you and your baggage. There is no judgement, just love, and a little amusement. His smile fades and a hint of sadness flickers across his eyes as he asks, “Why do you carry such a heavy load?” You answer with confidence and a smidgen of honor, “This is my life. All the things that have happened to me. I carry them knowing one day I will check this bag at the gate of Heaven and run free!” You can feel the pride swell in your heart as you lift mementos out of your bag one by one and share with Holy Spirit how you overcame this and that. You give God the credit and praise for helping you conquer each one, then you place it back in the sack. When you finish, Holy Spirit again flashes a sign of sadness. He leans in from across the table, places his hand over yours and you lock eyes. The intention and love pouring out of them are both captivating and nearly tangible. He simply says,

“You were never meant to carry those through life. I can use them, just put them on the table and trust me.”

You want to deny him, but  his smile and earnest attitude melt your fear and soften your clutch on the bag and its contents. You know in your heart that these are things you have overcome in the past. You are hesitant to release them though as you may have to relive events better left in the rear-view mirror. You can feel pain long buried under more recent offenses begin to seemingly rise from the ashes as you slowly begin to unload the bag. In this moment you are creating a spiritual shift. The weight of the burdens of this life are being transferred to the King of all things. As you become lighter, you spirit is being freed of all the things rendering it useless in the war of the Kingdoms. Do you see it? Do you feel it? As you place the final memento on the table you are transformed. You no longer bear the weight of the past in any capacity. You are not only forgiven,but you have stripped the enemy of all ammunition against you by way of your past. Holy Spirit will now fashion all of those mementos into tools to witness and reach others for the Kingdom of God. You leave with a bag that appears just as full as it began. You stand and embrace Holy Spirit and go skipping off with a bag as light as a feather and as bright as the sun. You are thrilled to run free of the weight of the past and are eager to share the bag’s new contents with all you come in contact with.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

Your past will always be your past, but the amount in which it weighs is up to you. Bring it to the Great Redeemer and let him transform you greatest burdens into your greatest testimonies. Don’t just overcome trials challenges and offenses. Use them to further the Kingdom. Make the mantra true, waste nothing, offer it all to the Kingdom of God! Release the rights!

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