Vertical Connection – November 10

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A crashed carI do not mean that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection; but I go on in order to make my own that perfection for which Christ Jesus first made me his. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not succeeded, but I am concentrating only on this: I forget the past and fix my gaze on what lies ahead, and thus I advance until I reach the end of the race to receive the heavenly prize to which God call through Jesus Christ. –  Philippians 3: 12-14  NLT. On one occasion Cristian went to visit Luis, his friend who was dedicated to buying crashed cars and other junk. Luis took him to his shed to show him everything he had acquired. There was what had been a late model car but now it was just a pile of twisted iron. A very distant image of that car that made us stop to admire it. Cristian wanted to rejoice with his friend but inside, he thought: I would not pay a penny for this dispossession. On the contrary, Luis was seen as exultant with happiness, enthusiastic and grateful to God for the purchase he had made. After some time, the friends meet again, Cristian surprised, he saw that his friend was driving a beautiful vehicle: Did you buy a car? He asked him – No, he answered. Do you remember that day, when I showed you that pile of scrap metal? Well, I started working with the hammer to stretch it, put it back together, paint it and here is the finished work. Then Cristian finally understood the reason why his friend was so happy with the purchase he had made. He was not looking at the remains of that precious car, but was seeing in advance the final result, of how it would look when he completed his work. Many times we have been in Cristian’s situation, we only see junk, a life hit by problems, discouragement, losses, abuse, debts. Could such a life be a good acquisition for God? the answer is YES: “Instead, God chose what the world considers ridiculous to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that have no power to shame the powerful. God chose what is despised by the world – what is considered as nothing – and used it to make nothing that the world considers important. ” 1 Corinthians 1: 27-28 NLT.God is an expert in rebuilding lives, and we are a perfect work in his hands through Jesus: “… Christ made us righteous before God; He made us pure and holy and freed us from sin. ” 1 Corinthians 1: 30b Rest assured that God continues to work daily in your life, even with the imperfections and struggles you have. You can be sure that he will never leave you. I encourage you that on this day, you change the perspective you have of yourself, maybe you feel like that car crashed by Luis, since the circumstances of life have hit you hard. Perhaps you ran into abuse, divorce, rejections, financial problems, complexes, failures. However, you can be sure that God is not finished with you, He is still working in your life to make you a new creature. It begins to see you as that finished work in the hands of its creator. Soraida Fuentes

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