For Christmas Alicia surprised me with a new pickup truck. When I say new I of course mean new to me—it is a ’92 Ford Ranger she paid $400 for. I had been wanting an old truck I could use to haul trash to the dump or transport tables and chairs around the church, but what I ended up with was so much better than that.
She secretly got some people together to restore the truck. It got everything from new tires, to a transmission, to the best paint job in the history of trucks. It is Gator blue with an orange pin stripe. Needless to say, I love it.
The transformation that happened with that truck is exactly what Christ does with all who choose to live for Him. II Corinthians 5:17 says that “if any man be in Christ he is a new creature. Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Jesus can take an old sinner—drunkard, homosexual, immoral, disobedient, ungodly, etc.—and make them something new. Once we come to Christ we are no longer sinners but saints. Could you imagine if I went out and started sanding my truck because I missed the old shade of green? That would be crazy, and so it is when any saint runs back to his old life of sin.