4 John the Baptist was in the wilderness calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins. 5 Everyone in Judea and all the people of Jerusalem went out to the Jordan River and were being baptized by John as they confessed their sins. 6 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He announced, “One stronger than I am is coming after me. I’m not even worthy to bend over and loosen the strap of his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 9 About that time, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 While he was coming up out of the water, Jesus saw heaven splitting open and the Spirit, like a dove, coming down on him. 11 And there was a voice from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.” (Mark 1:4-11, CEB)
I remember about 10 years ago I heard a sermon by Leonard Sweet entitled trash cans to treasure chests. In the sermon Leonard Sweet talked about how a dove isn’t an actual scientific classification for a type of bird, it it a pretty word we gave to a white pigeon. And pigeons are trash birds. They dig through the garbage to get their next meal. Isn’t it interesting that we say the Holy Spirit is a Dove and a Dove is a trash bird.
You see God cam take that which the world thinks should be discarded or is dirty or unworthy and make is beautiful. God turns a trash bird into the symbol of God’s Spirit and takes us and makes us God’s children. God takes trash cans and makes them treasure chests!
Know you are a treasure chest of God’s most precious creation. And share the love you have with the world.