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