2 Cor. 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Old pieces of furniture can be given new life by stripping off the old paint and replacing it with a fresh, clean coat of paint. It is good to save something that was headed for the trash and give it a second chance.
The Bible tells us that we are new creations in Christ. Just as the butterfly looks nothing like the lowly worm it once was, so it is with us: the old is gone and all things have become new. But God didn’t use sandpaper and paint. He used the death and resurrection of Jesus. Unconditional love. Undeserved favour.
If that furniture could talk, it would say, “Thank you.” Would you? After a few weeks of settling into daily life and having the compliments lessen, would you begin to take your new life for granted? After receiving a few watermarks from careless glasses and being used as a resting place for dishes and dirty feet, would you become discontent with this new life? Does the routine of everyday life sometimes cause you to forget that God, in His infinite mercy, has saved you from the trash heap of eternal death and destruction?