(Original title RUINED FOR A PURPOSE)

Sometimes, mistakes are the mother of invention. In 1853, for instance, a Saratoga Springs, N.Y., chef by the name of George Crum made a dish of french-fried potatoes. In those days, they were not the thin sticks of potatoes like you might get at McDonald¹s now, but they were whole potatoes cut lengthways. A diner at the Sarasota Springs resort where George Crum was a cook, kept sending back his french fries, saying they were too thick.

After a few times, George thought he would fix the finicky customer good. He cut the potatoes as thin as he could and fried the living daylights out of them till they were crisp and nearly burnt. Much to Crum¹s amazement, the man loved them! In fact, everyone who tried them loved them. Pretty soon they began to be packaged and sold as none other than your everyday potato chip. What was meant to be ruined potatoes, became one of our nation¹s most popular snack foods. Ruined, as it turned out, for a purpose.

Jesus was ruined for a purpose. Scripture says, “God] made [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NKJV). On the cross, Jesus’ life appeared to be ruined, destroyed. However, He came to fulfill His purpose: to destroy the works of the evil one by going to the cross. Ruined? The devil sure hoped so. But then came the Resurrection and The Purpose was revealed! Those events weren’t just a spur-of-the-moment thing, either. John wrote of “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). Even before God set His creation in order, He had a plan. It was for His very own Son to die. Ruined for a purpose.

We too need to be ruined for a purpose, God¹s purpose. We must no longer live for ourselves. We need to learn to live to glorify God, not to fulfill our desires. We are now marked and set apart for His purposes. When Peter fished all night but caught nothing (Luke 5:1-11), it seemed like a ruined business for Peter the fisherman. But Christ had other plans. “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch,” He commanded (v. 4). The net came up full of fish. The point Jesus was getting across to Peter was, “I’ve got a better purpose. You¹ve fished fish? Now, you’ll fish men!” Ruined for a purpose.

Perhaps you face a situation today that seems ruined. Rest and hold on, friend. It might be ruined for what you thought it should be. But maybe
there is a new purpose for you or for something that your work has brought about. Yield to God and see what He will do. Though all may seem ruined, He may be revealing to you a new purpose.

Original source: Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.


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