“Before and After” … The Difference Jesus Makes!

I don’t know how many Nutrisystem ads I’ve watched on TV… You know, the ones that feature the “before and after” pics. When I was a kid growing up it was the “Charlie Atlas” ads… “Before… I was a 90 pound weakling” – Now… and you’d see the picture of a 185 pound hunk of steroid-enhanced humanity (that was before the days of “PhotoShopped” pics).

Now I know that Nutrisystem has helped a lot of people with weight loss issues… But what about “spiritual issues”? – What about “eternal issues”? – What about “life-issues”? … I’d love to see a series of pics that really get at the difference Jesus makes in a life!

Here’s the passage that prompted that line of thinking this morning…

“FOR WE OURSELVES WERE ONCE… foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. BUT WHEN THE GOODNESS AND LOVING KINDNESS OF GOD OUR SAVIOR APPEARED… He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people!” (Titus 3:3–8 ESV)

Think about what your life was like “before Jesus” … Compare it what it’s like now! No comparison! Complete transformation! Life-abundant! Life “courtesy of Jesus”! That’s my testimony! … Really wish I had a “Spiritual pic” of the difference He’s made! (I think I’m probably making one … one of those “panorama shots” you know… It’s called a “testimony”!)

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