I love upcycling.
“Upcycling” as defined in Wikipedia: also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
Simply put, “upcycling” is to process used goods or waste material so as to produce something that is often better than the original.
I enjoy making crafts and have been into upcycling for a few years now. I normally use various discarded materials such as emptied plastic bottles and containers, bottles caps, glass bottles and jars, paper or card off-cuts and fabric scraps etc. and turn them into pieces of value-added items. I upcycle the junks mostly into one-of-a-kind pieces of accessories, cards or decorative items.
While on the way to work yesterday morning, I suddenly realised the process of upcycling could actually be used as an analogy for us, the Christians.
We were sinners, but when Jesus died and shed his blood on the cross for us, through faith we were redeemed, cleansed, made whole, justified and declared righteous. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
By the grace of God, when we are saved it is like we have been “upcycled” into something better – we have been given better value, a fresh purpose, a new identity and a new life — we who are in Christ, is a new creation; the old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17). Hallelujah!