“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
There were two teenagers that were living in a small village where most made their living either as a shepherd or in some way dealing with sheep. One day, these boys decided to steal a few sheep and sell them. It would have been a good plan, but they got caught! And, to make an example to others, the village elders branded their foreheads with the letters “ST.” This visible reminder of their shame would also forever warn others they were in the presence of a “Sheep Thief.”
One boy was embittered. His life spiraled progressively downward until the day he fell to his death during a drunken rage. But the other young man confessed his sin, got right with the Lord, and built a life of integrity, a life of trust, compassion and service that brought great respect throughout that little village. One day, the now-elderly man passed a father and his son along the road. The boy asked his dad why the old man had the letters “ST” on his forehead. The father thought for a moment and replied, “Somebody explained that to me a long time ago, but I just can’t remember what it was. But, knowing the man that he is, I guess it just stands for Saint!”
That’s what the power of Jesus can do in an individual life. Supernaturally transforming the life of a sinner into the life of a saint. No matter what your past, Jesus can cleanse you and put you on a path of great value. Over time, it can cause you to forget the bad and respect the good God puts into you and others.