Usually, I write this devotional about things in the dental office. But today, I want to write about a friend of mine who lost everything he owned in a house fire a few years ago. He managed to have his gun safe opened after the fire. Most things inside the safe were completely charred and ruined. A favorite gun in particular was charred and covered in soot. It really looked hopeless. He brought the gun to me to see if we could get it restored.
After numerous attempts with different gunsmiths, I found one who was happy to take on this daunting job. This talented gunsmith completely restored my friend's gun. All of the working parts were repaired and the outward appearance looked brand new after he was finished. As matter of fact, it looks better now than it did when it was brand new. My friend was blown away by the looks of his gun. He didn't even recognize it at first.
Did you know that Jesus loves us the same way? He takes us as nasty sinners charred by our life and he makes us new again.
The Bible says:
2 Cor 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
Romans 6:4, "… we too may walk in newness of life."
Eph 4:22-24, "…that in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."
You see, only the good Lord can restore us and make new again. He gives us a new heart and he makes our spirit alive to His Spirit. He changes us so much for the good and His glory that old friends and family may not recognize us. They will say, "you've changed," and they are so right. He changes us, He makes us new, and He restores us and sets on a path to follow Him. If you think that my buddies' gun is completely renovated and looks awesome, you are right. But Christ can do so much more with us! Be renewed by Him!