As Is

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! —2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

The beat-up old car sits on the used-car lot, rusty and forsaken. Years of abuse and hard driving have taken their toll.

A man walks onto the lot and is attracted to this rust bucket. He plunks down cash, and the salesperson hands over the keys while saying, “I’m selling you this car ‘as is.’ ” The new owner just smiles. He knows his cars, and he’s about to restore this castoff to its former beauty.

Across town, a troubled man sits in forlorn sadness, contemplating where he went wrong. Years of abuse and hard living have taken their toll. He’s been rejected so many times he feels he has little value. After all that misery and pain, he’s sure he will be left on life’s junk heap forever.

Then someone tells him about Jesus. Someone mentions that Jesus specializes in castoffs and that He is waiting to transform anyone who trusts Him. Someone tells him that Jesus will take him “as is.” He believes. He trusts. And Jesus begins to restore another lost person to the abundant life He has promised.

D. Branon

Published by Intentional Faith

Devoted to a Faith that Thinks

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