This month we're kicking off a new series of Monday Motivational Moment posts. I've collaborated with some excellent writers, to bring you thought-provoking, inspirational posts based on their favorite scriptures. Today's featured writer, is inspirational speaker and writer, Shulonda Newsome-Chaffee. Please welcome her below and read on...
My favorite scripture is found in 2 Corinthians 5:17. The scripture says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” I get so much joy when I read this and allow me to tell you why. I was born and raised in the church but like so many of us, I strayed away. I found myself not going to church and doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. One thing about it that though, I never forgot how I was raised and the word of God was rooted in me even in my wrong doing.
I remember before I gave my life to Christ thinking that I need to change so I could get saved. You see I knew I was living wrong and in my mind, I needed to give up the things I was doing. I needed to stop committing the sins I was committing. This thought process of what I need to do is the reason a lot of people don’t get saved or why so many stay their mess longer they need to. Satan got us thinking we need to do something before we can give our lives to Christ instead of allowing God to work in our lives. That was my thought process. I couldn’t go to God until I could right according to what I thought was right. Then a funny thing happened. My husband, who was just my man at that time, gave his life Christ.
Now he didn’t stop doing anything on his own before he asked Jesus to come into his heart. He only said God if you are real, then I want your Son to come into my heart and save me. My man, who wasn’t a bit of good, changed right before my eyes and become a new creature. The transformation was for lack of a better word, astounding. You would have to have known him before to truly understand what astonished me about the entire process I was witnessing. Here was a man that didn’t treat me as if I was someone he loved, but he mistreated me and he changed right before my eyes. Like I said he didn’t stop doing what he was doing, he just said God if You are who You say You are then I need You to make me new.
I watched him all the month of April 1998. I saw him seeking after God. I saw him thirsting after the knowledge of who God is. I saw him becoming a man after God’s own heart and in May 1998, I too surrendered my life to Christ. I wanted the same thing he had and the word of God that was put in me as a child came back to me. I realized there wasn’t anything I needed to do except surrender my all to Jesus. And then it happened it. I become this new creature. With Christ’s help, all the old things passed away. The old Shun was no longer there. People could look and see this new creature, but more importantly I could see her. I could see the person whom Christ always called for me to be. I could see the person that God knew I would be before He even formed me in my mother’s womb. I was and I am a new creature. All the old things are passed away and nothing gives me more joy than that I am new.
Nothing gives me more joy, than knowing the things I used to do, I don’t have to do anymore. The person I used to be, I am not her anymore.
I am a living testimony of this scripture and that is why it means so much to me. It means I have been a given another chance to get my life right. I have been given another chance to do what God wants me to do and to follow His will for my life. It suggests to me that what I used to be, God does not look at anymore. He sees me as a brand-new person. That’s enough to make me shout right there cause nobody knows better than I do what a wretch undone I truly was. To know that what I used to be is no more and the only thing that counts is what I am right now. We all can find joy in this. We are no longer the same once we accept Christ. We are no longer Hell bound, but we can look forward to spending an eternity in the presence of the true and living God. I am no longer that same sinner I was. I AM A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST JESUS and for that I say Amen and Lord, I thank you sir.
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