Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Redesigned

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 2 Corinthians 5:17



On July 12, Nike made the announcement that they have redesigned the racing bib eliminating the need for safety pins. The AeroSwift Bib, as it’s called, adheres to clothing or skin like a big sticker with no safety pins or wind drag. Just slap it on and go they say. Michelle Miller, an Olympics concept director at Nike, says, “Our job is to eliminate distractions, to help unleash athletes to their fullest potential.” For anyone who has struggled to attach a bib with those pesky pins only to have it lopsided or flopping in the wind, poked themselves doing so or, worst of all, forgotten the pins and had no way to fasten their race number, this is great news isn't it?

While with a glance you may not notice that the bibs are different, you can be sure they are. The same is true for you and me and each person that decides to follow Christ. While we may look the same on the outside, inside we have been made brand-new, redesigned and given a new purpose.  And that purpose? To share our faith with others that they too might come to know Jesus and experience the same life-changing transformation. Can you imagine Nike keeping the news of the redesigned bib to themselves? Of course not! That would be of no benefit to anyone. The same is true of every believer. Keeping the Good News to ourselves will never lead others to Jesus. 

So, as Pastor Rick Warren writes, "We must learn to share the gospel in ways that show that it is both GOOD and NEWS. The gospel is about what God has done for us and what we can become in Christ." So won't you tell someone today?

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much that you would not allow us to remain the same after giving our lives to you. You take us and make us new that we might live our new lives to our "fullest potential" being all that You designed us to be. Help us to be bold to share our story with others that they too might be made new. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

Happy Running!!!