A New Creature
2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
If we were the people to judge anyone based on their past for future work commitments, then I’m sure we’re all going to find faults with everyone.
Consider the people in the Bible whom God had used to be His messengers and workers. Noah, David, Mary Magdalene, Matthew, and all the rest of them. They all had colorful pasts, and even when God was using them, they still had issues.
Thank God indeed that He didn’t and doesn’t hold the past over anyone who gives their life over to Him.
Noah was drunk the once that we know of, that which did not make him a drunkard. But the point remains that the Lord, in His great Grace and Mercy, can take someone ‘unworthy’ and make him ‘worthy’.
We can also still find issues with certain bold claims concerning some of the individuals mentioned in the Bible. Such as, sure David murdered Bathsheba’s husband, but even though he was arguably a killer, that wouldn’t make him a murderer! Moses might not stutter; maybe he just wasn’t a gifted orator or a charismatic public speaker! Martha wasn’t worrying about everything… she had her moments, that’s all! And so on. We nitpick on everything, and like Moses give out so many excuses that we miss the main point.
And yet the point remains : No more excuses. God can make something out of nothing. We might be nothing right now: unworthy, of unsavory character, filthy, unwanted, hopeless, rough around the edges, etc. But when we surrender our lives into His Hands, then He will shape us into something, SOMEONE wholly new.
God will transform us, conform us, equip us, empower us, strengthen us, and beautify us inside out. While doing this, He will use us, that in so doing we obey Him and let Him guide us into becoming that Messenger in whom is The Message being contained and shared. We go through our own metamorphosis, emerging from the decaying cacoon as a beautiful butterfly (Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17), a new creature.
Like Noah, David, Gideon, Peter, Zaccheus, Rahab, Paul….the list goes on… we all have a past (or present) life we know is better left behind.
In the here and now, however, we can be the Messenger, used by God to give a great and powerful message of Love, Hope, Forgiveness and Salvation.
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