Many years ago in what seems like another lifetime to me, I sold office furniture. During my first week, one of the senior sales people told me, “remember Matt ugly sells.” I wondered what he meant by that.
There was a chair on the display floor that I thought would never sell. It was UGLY at least to me. I realized what that senior sales person was talking about during that first week on the job. A married couple walked in and after seeing that ugly chair excitedly expressed, “what a beautiful chair.” The chair was already marked down with a ‘final’ price which they eagerly paid. I was happy to have the sale, but wondered about their taste.
The worth or value of anything depends on what worth or value we place on it. For me that ugly chair was not worth the asking price. For that married couple, that ugly chair was a bargain at its clearance price.
As we celebrate Christmas, part of that is celebrating the worth or value God places on us. God values us so much that he sent Jesus to be our Savior by being born as a human baby for the purpose of growing to be man to die for us on the cross. Romans 8:32 puts it this way:
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
The classic Christmas song O Holy Night has a lyric that expresses it as:
“Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth”
If we ever wonder what we are worth to God, we only need to think of Jesus leaving heaven to come as a human baby to become our Savior. As the acronym says:
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
22 thoughts on “Story Time- Selling That Ugly Chair”
I love this post and the acronym God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense it sums up Christmas’s real meaning
It really does sum it up 🙂
Sometimes our thoughts and behavior are nothing better than an ugly old office chair YET Christ still paid the ultimate price for our sins out of pure love. He sees the best in us regardless of the ugly. We are incredibly blessed by His mercy and grace.
Love that ‘grace’ acronym you used! How are you?
Amen little sister. God’s love is beyond measure.
I am ok. How are you?
I am doing well.🙌
So true, Matt. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Praise God, He thinks saving us is worth the bargain.
Saving us is worth the bargain to God. The bargain of we come to him with all of our garbage and he saves us. Amazing Love indeed
Wonderful post Matt! The bible says that who is man that you are mindful of him? God minds us so so so much.
You are precious to Jesus little sister.
My car still has an empty seat for you 🙂
Awwwwwwwwwn. I can’t wait to ride in that awesome car
I can’t wait to give you a ride 🙂
Thank you Big Bro for the reminder, you are always an inspiration and I as read the words it lights the path to knowing that God is for us and what we see as ugly God sees as beauty. Also never heard or seen that acronym going into my treasure box. Thanks again and happy Friday to you. Blessings 🥰🤗
Thank you little sister. Are you ready for Christmas?
Yes as I can be 😉
How about you? 🤗
I will be after five minutes on Amazon 🙂
Hope you have now. And it snowed in London on Sunday ☃️❄️
Did you go camping in the snow?
🙈 would not be doing that any time soon. How are you? 🥰🤗
I am ok.
How are you?
If you had a big dog to sleep in the tent with you, you could stay warm in the winter 🙂
I am doing well too thanks 😊
😂 a dog 🐕 and a tent 🏕️ with snow ⛄️ that sounds double trouble
I like that acronym. And your writing reminds me of the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I am thankful Jesus sees us all as beautiful, regardless of our condition.
I am grateful when God the father looks at us, he sees Jesus