A New Creation in Christ!!!!
This morning as I worked the yard sale for our mission team from Grayson (we were raising money to help them travel to Mexico in a couple of weeks), I was struck by the reality that no matter how much something is worth when it is new you will more than likely not get anything near that price at a yard sale. I especially noticed this when someone brought over an adorable Ty Beanie baby that probably sold for around $15 when it was new! Many people had come and gone from the yard sale, but NOONE seemed interested in this little guy even at the hot price of $.50!

As I thought about this, it occurred to me that as humans we value something that is new! Many times the worth of something is measured by the price we pay for it and unfortunately whether or not it has been used and/or enjoyed by someone else.

Isn't it amazing that God knew this quality about us long ago when He said that He would take our dirty, sin-filled lives and through the blood of His Son Jesus be able to promise this in II Corinthians 5, "So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."

Wow! God knew that in this life the devil would allow us to become "worthless and used" in a spiritual sense through our selfishness and sinful nature. He knew that this feeling of unworthiness would cause us to struggle to feel valued in His eyes. So, He didn't just promise Heaven and the forgiveness of our sins. He promised that we would literally become a NEW CREATION! That's powerful!

Do you feel unworthy? Do you feel inadequate? Do you feel like a worn-out Ty Beanie Baby beaten down by your choices and life's struggles?

There's good news for you in II Corinthians 5. Christ came and not only paid the price for your sin, He gave you the opportunity to actually be restored to a state of "NEWNESS!" Can you imagine being a Ty beanie baby sitting on the shelf in a department store, sparkling new, being offered at the top-dollar price? Well, that's what God wants to help you become!

If you are not sure how to do this, please read the book of Acts and see how person after person became a new creation in Christ! If you are still struggling, email me at tammynischan@gmail.com and I will help you find a church in your area that can lead you to life that is 100% BRAND NEW!

I love you all!

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