God has impressed on me recently, that He doesn’t want to improve me, clean me up, make me a better person, show me where I’ve been going wrong. What He wants is a NEW me!
In order to obtain this I need to be prepared to surrender everything to God. This sounds great in principle because we all know how loving our Father is, but in practice ….? Oh dear! Help me Holy Spirit.
One of my favourite places is Saint Andrews in Scotland. It’s famous in the golfing world, because it has the oldest golf course on earth. It also has Saint Andrews Castle, a very well preserved castle that has a very colourful history.
Set on a beautiful sandy beach Saint Andrews would not strike you as the kind of place to have a dark past, but it certainly has.
As you walk around the narrow streets of the town, you will notice brass markers moulded into the pavements or roads. If you stop and look around you will find a plaque nearby that will tell you that on the very spot of the marker, someone was burned to death at the stake. The crime? Refusing to deny the truth of the bible and conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church at that time. Most of the victims were in their early twenties.
Here we see a place in which the desire of man to be in control of God, meets the desire of men who wanted God to have complete control.
These brave young men were prepared to suffer this torturous death rather than deny God, but their sacrifice was not in vain, because when the reformation arrived in Scotland, it began in Saint Andrews.
The apostle Paul said that ‘it was no longer he that lived, but Christ lived through him’
I wonder what would happen if we could get to the stage in our walk with Jesus, when we could say the same?