Another New Creation

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This past Sunday the son of a friend of ours gave his life to Jesus and was baptized. He became a new creation in Christ. Praise, God!

Little Man, Pilot and I are praising with the Angels in Heaven over your decision. We’ll be praying for you and your parents as you grow in the grace and knowledge of the LORD.

Great God Almighty, He’s changed you, and me, and everyone else who turns away from their sins, surrenders their will to Jesus, claims Him as LORD, and lives to serve Him alone.

Can I get an Amen?

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Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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I Once Was Blind

bing imagesBy Sandy Kirby Quandt

There is a story told in the Bible in the book of John Chapter 9 about the healing of a blind man by Jesus. The man had been blind since birth and at that time in history, people falsely believed sin had caused the blindness.

For the sake of my illustration, I’m going to call the man Simon.

bing imagesJesus spat on the ground, made mud with the spittle, placed it on Simon’s eyes, and told him to go wash his eyes in the Pool of Siloam.

So Simon went, washed, and came back seeing.

Simple as that.

When Simon’s neighbors and those who knew him as a beggar saw he was no longer blind, they questioned if it was indeed Simon, or someone who just looked like him.

“This can’t be Simon. He’s blind. Always has been. Always will be.”

“It is me! I can see!” Simon probably shouted.

“How’d you get your sight?”

Simon told them all about what Jesus had done.

The custom of the day was to present yourself before the religious leaders when healed. bing imagesSo Simon’s neighbors took him before the Pharisees.

“How’d you get your sight?” they asked.

Simon told his story again.  “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and now I see.”

Because Jesus healed Simon on the Sabbath the Pharisees were livid. They weren’t excited and happy for the miraculous healing. Nope. They were upset because it occurred on a day they said healing could not take place.

Are there ever times when we question whether someone we’ve know for a long time could possibly change for the better, the way Simon’s friends questioned that he wasn’t the blind beggar they’d always known?

Do we want to define them as who they were? Not who they have become once in contact bing imageswith Jesus? Do we only remember them for the times they failed, constantly reminding them of their failures, and refuse to believe they could succeed? Are we unwilling to accept they have changed?

Jesus redeemed Simon from a life of blindness. Not only did Jesus restore Simon’s physical sight, but upon Simon’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah, he received spiritual sight, as well.

Jesus came into this world to pay the price to redeem each of us from our sins … from our spiritual blindness. When we follow Jesus as our LORD and Savior, he gives us spiritual sight. As a result, we become new creations in him.

Jesus told the man who was born blind to go wash, and he did. His healing came after he was obedient. Same with us. Our healing also comes after obedience.

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“Yes, Lord,” the man said, “I believe!” And he worshiped Jesus.

Then Jesus told him, “I have come into the world to give sight to those who are spiritually blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

The Pharisees who were standing there asked, “Are you saying we are blind?”

 “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But your guilt remains because you claim to know what you are doing.  John 9:38-41 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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New Creation in Christ

Just like the children’s song my son, Pie, sang when he was in elementary school, He’s Still Working on Me, in the musical, Down By the Creek Bank, God made it very evident to me recently that He still has lots of work to do on my attitude.

Two names from my past surfaced, courtesy of the internet, and less than gracious thoughts flashed through my mind regarding each of these women. “If people only knew them like I know them. Hurumph! Why, I’ve known them for decades.”

Fortunately, God did not allow me to travel down that path  too long before He jerked me to my senses.

Oh? And what would they say about the person you were when they knew you decades ago? He seemed to ask.

Well, that’s not who I am now. I’ve changed. I’ve grown. I’ve matured. I stammered back.

Don’t you think it’s possible these two have changed, grown, and matured? After all, you haven’t had any contact with them for a long time. You really do not know who they are.

Gulp.

It was hard for the apostle Paul to prove to the other apostles he had changed. He was a new creation. He was no longer out to destroy Christians.

Like Paul, I’m grateful to be a new creation in Christ. Saved by Jesus’ precious shed blood on the cross of Calvary. I’m grateful God does not treat me as my sins deserve. I’m grateful I am God’s beloved. So, why do I forget others are also new creations in Christ, bought with the same precious blood and beloved just as much as me?

Jesus continues to give each of us second chances. Repeatedly. Shouldn’t we give others the benefit of the doubt and realize the past is past and embrace the transformation for the better in others? I know I sure better.

Anyone you need to look at through new eyes and accept as a new creation?

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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 5:16-17  The Message

I wish you well.

Sandy

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