Christ takes the garbage!
(Charles Spurgeon, "The Meek and Lowly One")
Jewelers can only prepare and polish the choicest diamonds.
But Jesus Christ polishes a common pebble, and makes a jewel of it!
Jewelers make their precious treasures out of precious materials.
Christ makes His precious things out of dross!
He always begins with bad material.
Christ takes the base,
the garbage of the world —
and out of such stuff and matter as that, He builds up a holy temple, and gathers to Himself trophies for His honor and praise!
"Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
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." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11