New Creations by JW Kaiser
I have a lot of surfboards but most of them were second-hand or consigned as used. However, after riding a friend’s board that I really liked, I did something that I don’t usually do. I drove to my local surf shop and bought a new one right off the rack. I think it helped my surfing a bit, but the biggest obstacle to my surfing progression is that it’s still me riding the new board. New board or old board, I’m still the one at the helm of my own vessel.
What if God only chose to use those of us that are like the new board fresh off the rack? No pressure dings, no brown water spots, no cracks on the rails. Factory new.  I for one would be left out.  I’m the equivalent of a used board that doesn’t even look good once you take off the wax. I have my obvious character flaws. I have my share of secrets and regrets and the lack of faith I have at times is alarming for someone who has been a Christ follower for a long time.
Thankfully God is in the business of refurbishing.  A better word to use is “renewing” because Christ actually makes us new.  In a letter to a group of young Christians, the apostle Paul wrote, “If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
Writer Ann Voskamp shares these encouraging words, “We only rise because of the Gospel (which is) the astonishing news that Grace has grabbed the unworthy, and Christ cleans the unbearable, and God redeems the unlikely, and we live the unexpected.”
What if you don’t feel new? What if you look in the mirror and only see the same old you?  The invitation is to allow Christ to make us new. Give him your second-hand, dinged up and broken life. Let God take His place at the helm of your life now, and be ready to live the unexpected new life he has planned for you.
photo: Oliver Sjostrom