“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new!” II Corinthians 5:17
As my favorite tract from the Gospel Tract Society in Independence, Missouri, says: “What’s new? Same debts, same people, same job (we hope), same world, same problems.
“A few toots on a horn, a few drinks, or loud music won’t cheer me up next week or next month.
“This is what’s new. There was only one point where the old became new: that was when Jesus Christ changed everything in this old world.”
Actually, the change is not necessarily in the World. It is when YOU decide to accept Him and YOUR WORLD changes. You step forth with all of the stupid, selfish, greedy things you have ever done wiped away out of the God’s memory and you start over, a brand new person because Jesus paid it all.
Can’t happen? Don’t you believe that it cannot! Millions of people have done it, some of them are people that you know or have heard of.
Kirk Cameron, former child actor and atheist. In the past 19 years he has chosen films in which he uses his adult acting skills to reach viewers with the hope and joy of a life with God. He performed in the movie, “Left Behind: The Movie” and the exciting Sherwood movie, “Fireproof” among others.
Chuck Colson was a helper to President Richard Nixon. Colson was known to be “ruthless” and the “evil genius” to support his purposes. He was connected with the burglary of political secrets that put him in prison. While incarcerated he found Christ and became a changed person. Upon his release, he established the Prison Fellowship to place the Gospel into the reach of prisoners, changing many lives in despair to new hope. Colson has a daily radio program, Break Point. His work won for him the Templeton Prize award for “the person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension,”
John Newton, writer of the most popular Christian hymn in the world, Amazing Grace, was a former slave runner in the 18th Century. At one point in his life he was flogged and treated like a slave. He supported the “Abolition of slavery” and spent the last years of his life in the Christian ministry, writing hymns and trying to make up for his terrible sin. But God has forgiven the sins of “a wretch like me.”
Millions down through the last twenty centuries have rejoiced to cast aside the Old Man (or woman or child) in distress, criminal and degrading life and go forth NEW.
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