You're not going to find the words about “all things becoming new” anywhere except in a Christian approach to life. We all need a positive outlook no matter what path we went down first. This one leads to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and a forever change in our lifestyle.
Last time, I wrote of a new beginning and so I pick up with a quote from T.S. Elliot, “To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
The first ending was my single life and the beginning of marriage and motherhood. But by far the best and second ending came when I left sin behind and began walking in the light of a new life in Jesus Christ.
I was as squeamish as anyone else who attends church in the beginning and assumed the men and women who comprise any body of believers to be “holier than thou” people who couldn't imagine what it's like to have a sorted past with skeletons in the closet, as they say.
Let me assure you everyone has a past, for God says “all have sinned.” Like me (maybe not identical), no one passes the squeaky clean test without Jesus. We all have to believe in Jesus to have a fresh start and be able to put our past behind. You will not forget it, but there can be no more dwelling there to entertain the thoughts of the “good old days” or to allow the devil to torment you by reminding you about your drinking problem, the drugs you ingested, the scarring on your body, the elicit affairs you had, the unfair life you had or any other thing or wrong path you chose.
“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you,” 2 Corinthians 5:19-20, The Message.
This then, is the first part of a new life. We have to accept God's offer of salvation through his Son Jesus Christ. Learning to take God at his word can be difficult at first, especially if you feel you're the scum of the earth, but he takes the filthy rags (our sins) of our past and washes them and makes them white as snow and makes everything new.
It's amazing how we don't think about sin before accepting Jesus Christ into our lives. That's a point many people can forget when they are trying to tell others about their need of salvation. When you're without Christ, sin is not sin to you, you can only see it for what it is when you have been enlightened by Jesus. The world is only too happy to tell you whatever you want to do is alright, you're worth it, so follow your heart. Stop and look, for God shows you another way.
So here we are. After acknowledging our need of Jesus we see our lives for what they were and allow him to come into our heart. He begins our healing from the inside out. I know my husband, as well as some of his friends, thought I lost a few marbles when I came to Christ.
When the poker game with it's smoking and drinking came to our house every other week, I waited up, made sandwiches and emptied ashtrays. Something had changed in me. After a few months they quit having games at our house because they became uneasy with my behavior toward them. I know now I was used as an instrument of God to bring conviction into their lives.
As I began attending church and Bible study, prayed and read the Bible more and more consistently, I grew in my faith. Even my husband's friend saw things he couldn't explain, like when I drove a car without a fuel pump to church and back again. I was unaware it was missing any part, I only wanted to feed my new, insatiable appetite.
I had no one around me at home supporting my decision to live for Christ so if I believed God was enough then he was going to have to show me time after time the truth of his word until I got it. And he did!
Here in the United States we may face ridicule for what we believe, loose those we thought were friends and feel all alone. Those are lies. Everywhere we go, there God is. What freedom comes to your soul when you find yourself being delighted not by people, but by Almighty God!