October 4, 2017 – Wednesday
2 Corinthians 5:17(b) [NLT] anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
I was once the type of person who never let someone cross me twice. Oh, as a Christian, I believed in forgiveness. But I also believed a person’s actions defined who he was. If you stole from me, I labeled you a thief in my book – no additional questions asked. This is how I protected myself – knowing others could never change the label I gave them.
Well, a coworker changed all that! When I first met her, she was a workplace gossiper. She knew everyone’s business, and, to spice things up, she would even throw in a few untrue details. I learned very early that what came from this coworker’s lips was probably fabricated and most likely not worth my energy to listen.
But one day she wanted to talk to me at break. Knowing I was a Christian, she said she wanted to get saved. I really didn’t believe her. And I even thought about talking her out of it. I told her it was a big commitment. She had to change her entire life. She listened and said, “I know.”
A few weeks later, I saw her having lunch in the break room. As I walked in, she was talking to a few other coworkers. I assumed she was up to her old gossiping tricks. But as I approached, I notice the Bible on her lap. I heard her speaking. She was talking about Jesus! Was she new? Could Jesus change her?
He could and, in fact, He did! Just like He changed me, and continues to change me. Just like He saved you. He saved my coworker, and taught me something about labelling because she was a new creature.
Are you negatively labeling a coworker? Realize she is not so far out of the reach of Christ. Realize you are not that far out of His reach, either. And know deep in your heart that Christ can change the label on anyone – including sinners like you and me.
Today at work, remember Christ can change the label on anyone. And new life will begin!
Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a new creature. You have labeled me “forgiven.” And I must label others no longer. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Crystal Featherston, MPA
Management & Budget Analyst II
Department of Budget and Management Services
City of Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA