380. You Should Have Seen Him Before!

“My wife and I,” Stan began, “looked at an open house over on 8th Avenue the other day.”

“Thinking of moving?” I asked.

“Not really,” Stan replied.  “We were driving though that part of town and saw this old house that looked wonderful on the outside.  It looked like it had been totally redone.  It is for sale and the realtor was having an open house, so we stopped and looked.”

“Nice?” I asked.

“Truly amazing,” Stan responded.  “It has been totally redone and is as great on the inside as it looks on the outside.”

Continuing, Stan said, “I told the realtor how impressed I was with the house.  Her response was something like I would have had to see it before to really appreciate the difference.”

“As I was thinking later about what the realtor had said,” Stan added, “it struck me that God should be able to say the same thing about me.”

“About you?” I asked.  “What do you have to do with and old house that has been remodeled?”

“Everything,” Stan replied.  “Everything in my life is to be different because I am a Christian.  Because I am converted and on my way towards being transformed, every aspect of my life is to be different from what it was before.  If it is not, something is wrong and it is me.”

Concluding, he said, “If everything is not different and if God, when He looks at me, can’t say, ‘You should have seen him before’, I have to ask myself, ‘Who am I trying to kid?’ and know that it is not working!”


Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come.  2 Corinthians 5:17.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want to remodel me, to make me new in every aspect of my being.  I confess that too often I resist what you want to do in and through me.  Please forgive me and please lead me exactly as you want so that I am truly new in every aspect of the life you have for me to live on this side of eternity.  Please lead and help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the same of Jesus.  Amen.

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