TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Welcome to Lent! It’s Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. I’ve observed Lent for the last ten years, but I didn’t grow up with it. But today’s post is not directly about Lent.
Instead, I want to tell you about my favorite fairy tale because it’s also National Fairy Tale Day. I’ve always loved a good fairy tale and my favorite is not well known. It was written in 1682 by Madame la Comtesse d’Aulnoy, a French writer, and is called “The White Cat.” The version I know best is from a 1977 book that bears the ingenious and highly-creative name, “A Book of Fairy Tales.” I grew up reading it over and over. It’s a prized possession that I still have in my bookcase.
You can Google the story, but I’m going to go ahead and ruin the end for those who haven’t read it. The cat is a bewitched princess who needs a prince to fall in love with her and agree to cut her head off. Only then can she resume her human form. After writing that synopsis, I have to wonder why my mother let me read this story and how I didn’t have nightmares… but just Google it and read it yourself. There’s more to it… an enchanted castle, disembodied hands, a cat musical (not Andrew Lloyd Webster’s), and a handsome prince who, according to some translations, had great teeth.
The White Cat is a story of transformation. The reader isn’t told why the princess was cursed, but her prince rescued her. He came along and through his actions, he made her new.
We have a hero too. Thankfully, decapitation isn’t part of our salvation experience, but because of the more barbaric and heinous death of Jesus and His resurrection, we can experience transformation too. We can be made new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Isn’t it great to know that we don’t have to stay trapped? We’ve been offered redemption.
Yet, how many of us stay stuck, even after we’re redeemed? Unlike the happily-ever-after of a fairy tale, many people stay chained to their past, unable to accept that God’s forgiveness has set them free. They stay put, connected to an invisible chain, a prisoner of their own minds and they believe the lie that they are too broken to be made new. They refuse to let God’s love transform them.
If that’s you, my friend… how wrong you are. If you think you are the one person whose sin is so great that it’s beyond God’s forgiveness, you’ve not only sold God short, you’ve elevated yourself above Him. You’ve credited your sin as being stronger than His forgiveness. And that’s just not true. That’s a lie straight from Satan. We have an enemy who doesn’t want you to be rescued or transformed. He wants you broken and bleeding and suffering under the weight of humiliation, sorrow, and remorse because when you remain unchanged, you can’t point others to Christ. And Satan does not want you to show others the transformation power that Jesus can bring to your life.
If that’s you, please—let the Hero do His job. He’s already slain the dragon and won the battle! He’s trying to rescue you! Let Him do what He does best—love you and change your heart. He replaces hearts of stone with hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26) and He makes all things new (Isaiah 43:18-19; Lamentations 3:22-24; 2 Corinthians 4:16-17; Colossians 3:9-11; Revelation 21:5)
As we enter the season of Lent, let’s reflect on our own rescue story. Our own personal transformation. Let others hear your own version of, “I once was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25).
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being our hero. Thank Him for rescuing you. Thank Him that no one is beyond His redemption and His forgiveness is stronger than all our sins! Ask the Holy Spirit to keep transforming you to be more like Jesus. Ask Him to use your transformation story to show others how Jesus has rescued you.
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