Being made new — a word from Kilby
Okay, you know that feeling when you go outside and work for a really long time. Or when you play basketball or football. The feeling when you come back sweaty, gross and greasy. If you are in a hurry, what do you do? You just put some deodorant or perfume/cologne and wait 'til later. We all know how long that lasts — not long at all!
But say you come inside, shower, wash your hair (if you have any to wash) and put on some fresh clothes. We all know this method works a million times better and lasts WAY longer. So why am I telling you this?
Well, this is how it is with our lives. Before Christ, we are a mess! We are bruised, cut up and weary. We always have a hole in ours lives. We try to fill it with worldly possessions — money, sports, school, etc. But do these things last? No, never. They are only temporary; and sometimes, they leave even bigger gaps than the before! Just like the deodorant or perfume you put on.
But once we truly, fully accept Christ, He permanently fills our gap — for good. He brings you such peace and happiness! He will cleanse you and make you new! He will remove your bruises, heal your wounds and strengthen your soul and mind. We need to grasp this and understand it. This is one of my favorite Bible teachings yet!