Every day we make choices: what clothes we are going to wear, what cereal we are going to eat for breakfast, etc. (My personal favorite is Cinnamon Toast Crunch by the way.) We also have a choice to make about how we see ourselves. Do we see ourselves through eyes of failure? Always messing things up – guilt and shame from things we have done in the past. Are we going to spend our lives being the same old person? Or even more frustrating… is it only going to get worse? Is that thing I struggle with only going to be a bigger problem for me in the future? Maybe you’re tired of being mean to people but you can’t break the cycle.
Have you ever bought a car? Cars that have been damaged badly and then repaired have what they call a “salvage” title. It alerts potential buyers to be aware that this car was so badly damaged, that it was destined for the scrap yard to be discarded. But someone bought it back and fixed it. It will always have problems, it will never be right. It has a “salvage” title. Many Christians think that this is their lot in life. They were damaged goods and Jesus came along and cleaned them up. But, they will always be damaged goods. They will always have a”salvage” title.
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he explains to them that if they have come to Jesus,they are new creations. That’s right, NEW CREATIONS! The old things are gone and the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old you is dead and Jesus has made you a new creation. His payment was not just powerful enough to remove sin and reconcile you to himself, but to make you brand new and fill you with Himself – to take that wrecked car and make it show room new again. You can’t afford to see yourself any other way than the way Jesus sees you!
He has made you to live from His victory.
You are powerful.
You say “no” when temptation comes.
You are a whole person.
You react to heaven, not your circumstances.
You were God’s original idea, God doesn’t have bad ideas.