Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Yesterday was one of those days. The weather was cold and rainy, my spring allergies flared up, and I was really, really tired. Throughout the day, I sent up little prayers asking God to give me the strength and patience I needed to tackle my “to do” list. Thankfully God heard my prayers and gave me enough energy and endurance to do what I needed to do.
Even though yesterday was not one of my greatest days, I was having a much better day than a man I read about earlier this week. After a painful breakup with his wife, a man from Australia plans to put his entire life up for sale on eBay. In June, bidders will have an opportunity to vie for Ian Usher’s house, his car, his job, and even his circle of friends. He hopes to make at least $500,000 from the sale!
My heart went out to this distraught man as I read his story. I thought about how he could not find comfort among family or friends and how his material belongings could not satisfy his deepest needs. Some of Usher’s own words struck me as particularly important: “It’s time to shed the old, and in with the new,” and I couldn’t help but draw a Biblical parallel.
The Bible tells us that it is possible to shed the old and take on the new. First, we must admit that we are sinners. Next, we need to believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to pay for our sins. Finally, we must confess our faith in Jesus Christ. When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we become new creations! Out with the old and in with the new! Thankfully, we don’t need to sell everything we have or give away everything we have in order to make a fresh start. Jesus gave away his own life just so each of us could have a clean slate!
I am praying for Ian Usher. I’m praying that he will find peace as he walks away from one life and begins another. Most importantly, I’m praying that he’ll find Jesus along the way and that he experiences the life changing gift Jesus Christ has offered to us all.
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