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I read a story recently about an amazing dog. He’s been trained to sniff out the unique chemical compounds found in electronic items like memory cards, flash drives, and other storage media that might have criminal evidence on them. He’s only 18 months old, but this was the second time he’d been adopted from the pound. The first owners returned him because he was “untrainable.” This untrainable dog went through intense training and was sold to a Narcotics Strike Force for $10,000. What made the difference? What caused the shift from worthless to valuable? He got a new master. In the right hands, the dog’s true value and potential were realized.

You may have been called worthless by others. You may think of yourself as worthless. But no one is worthless when they’re adopted by the Father. When we’re in his hands, we have a future. When we’re in his hands, we have worth. We’re children of the King. And like any good father, he takes the training of his children seriously.

“For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:10-11).

When you look at the lost in the world, don’t see worthlessness. See the need for a new Master who can restore the priceless value of a soul.

Kevin Hahn
via Brown Trail church of Christ
Bedford, TX

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