On my weekly sit down and watch this time on television, the host and hostess took an old shotgun house and did something amazing to it. The guest couple had chosen it for their new home. The house required being moved and completely restored. In fact, the restoration process made it look like a brand new house. It was not fit to live in as it was. It wasn’t just remodeled, it was changed. The end product looked far more amazing than the owners could have imagined. The hosts of the show did their magic and there was really nothing to identify it with the old house.
That’s us! God comes in and takes our lives and He doesn’t just do a remodel – He does such a restoration that we aren’t even recognizable as who we were. We’ve been made brand new! This new life in Christ is far more amazing than we could even realize. We hardly identify with the old us.
Oh beloved, isn’t God amazing! He’s taken you as you were. He moved you from death to life! He’s changed everything from the inside out! He’s not just put you in a new location – He’s given you a brand new foundation as well! He wasn’t content to make you a good person – He has made you godly! How can this be? He’s given you a lift from the pit of despair, disrepair and demolition! You aren’t who you once were! You may not know all the changes that have taken place but He wants you to learn all about the new you! Once you were a failure – now you are assured successful living. You once stood alone on your own weaknesses – now you are strong and mighty and able to stand no matter how strong the winds of adversity blow! Your heart is even changed! What once only beat for the selfish motives of your own heart is now beating for another – Christ in you the Hope of Glory! You’ve become enhanced with beauty, wisdom, power and love! Others will come from far away to hear your testimony of this redeeming love. You’ve been bought, moved, changed by the King of Glory! Before the foundation of the world you were destined to live a life of pure joy in the Spirit! You once were a shell but now you are full of purpose, destiny, significance, strength and value! It’s time to live the part! Be all you already are in Christ! There’s more to your life than your past disasters! Your life is full of overcoming testimonies of the One Who changed you! It’s time to go forth in the power of His Resurrection and show the world what God can do with a life transformed!
God loves you and He’s for you! That’s why you’re changed. Not because you decided to be good enough. No you were stuck where you were, even if you were raised in church. There still had to be a change and you’ve made that change. You said yes to the Agape Love Call of God, you stepped into the grace you now stand firmly in and you are a magnificent example for His glory! Why? Because you are living proof of new life as you live in the Light of His Glory & Grace!
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
I Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.
Colossians 3:1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Ephesians 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.