Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE POWER OF GOD TO TRANSFORM

"Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!"  (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)

Jesus' supernatural vision regarding people's potential gave Him irrepressible optimism as He engaged with vagrants, liars, cowards, and crooks. To them all, the promise was the same. The old can become new, Jesus said. The fallen can be restored. The prideful can be humbled. The wanderers can come home. The weak can become strong. Derelicts can become disciples…

Jesus truly believed in the power of God to transform human lives -- a belief that motivated His insatiable pursuit of all sorts of people at all points on the spiritual spectrum. He was fierce in His determination to look past ill-timed comments and inappropriate actions. He dreamed about what could happen in a person's life if God's power was released in them -- and so He pushed through people's fear and sin, and He kept including people, loving people, and lifting people up to their fullest potential.

-- Bill Hybels in “Just Walk Across the Room"


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