"I know what I was before, and what I am now. The only thing that explains it to me is Christ.” –Bart Millard of Mercyme
This quote touches, inspires, and impacts me deeply, because it profoundly, yet clearly explains what happens to a person when he or she is transformed into the image and likeness of Christ. The old passes away, and He washes and cleanses us with His blood, making us a new creation. There is something so powerful about this life changing transformation that the world cannot explain. It is simply the fact that when we are molded and changed by God, He gives us His grace, mercy, and forgiveness so freely, even when we don’t deserve it.
I don’t know what you have faced in your past, or what situations you may currently be facing, but I am here to tell you that you are not defined by the world, nor do you have to live in constant shame, condemnation, and regret from your past. You are defined by God, because you are His child, and He has set you free. He will never disown or label you, no matter how bad you think you’ve blown it. The amazing thing to always remember is that God still has a perfect plan for your life and will use you in ways you never imagined. We are His vessels on this earth and must listen closely and intentionally to His voice and directions.
Our job is to point people to Christ in whatever we do, wherever we are, because the only One who explains our extreme passion and desire to be set apart is Christ! The world is full of hurting and broken people, who are constantly searching for eternal Hope to fill voids and emptiness that have been created by the disappointments in this world. Jesus has called each and every one of us to be His hands and feet, shedding Heavenly light in the darkness, hope to the hopeless, and resurrection life where things are dead. We are world changers in God’s army!