A Fresh Coat Of Paint?

Yesterday my friend Jon Swanson posted an article titled How Jesus Fixed Breakfast For Some Losers. Jon’s final line: If you’ve left your nets to follow Jesus, the way forward isn’t going to be by going back.

Jon’s got me thinking about how often I “go back.” Jesus addressed it:

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:21-22

I can’t patch Jesus onto the holes in my old life. I can’t dump out the junk and pour Him into the same empty container.

Jesus didn’t come to prop up a sagging life or serve as a fresh coat of paint on a dilapidated house. He came to tear down the old and build something new. He offers a solid foundation, but the old building’s gotta go first.

Am I willing to let Him do that? “Die to self” is a catchy little phrase–except for the “die” part. That pretty scary if I take it seriously.

But I think that’s exactly what He wants.

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