Followers of the Way
Augustine, the defender of the Christian faith who wrote 'The Confessions was a wild man before his conversion. His carnal lifestyle was outrageous even for a pagan's standards, and he fathered a child out of wedlock. He even tricked his mother Monica who had persuaded him from leaving Carthage, his hometown, and left her stranded at the dock while he boarded a ship to Rome for a taste of the city.
However, he accepted Christ in Rome, of all places, and after his conversion, he returned to Carthage, North Africa, desiring to put his past lifestyle behind him and served God as promised. Augustine's first test came when he arrived at Carthage and saw a wicked former companion who had played a big part in his slavish desires had come to welcome him. Augustine trembled at the thought of his youthful passions, took a deep breath, and hurriedly walked right past her to avoid any serious contact with her.
The woman who had come to meet Augustine was visibly stunned, confused and upset by this lack of attention. She stopped him, thinking there must be a mistake, but he kept walking, and so she called out to him in a loud, spirited and convincing voice: "Augustine, Augustine, it is I, it is I?
Augustine glanced at her, turned away, and kept walking with these words: "I know, I know, but it is no longer I, it is no longer I?
(From 7,700 Illustrations # 6519)
God in Christ has saved you by dying in your place. He has given His life for your life, the righteous for the unrighteous, and deliverance from darkness to light. Therefore, you owe a debt to Him, your life is no longer yours, and you belong to Him.
You have a new boss in your life, Jesus Christ. He has purchased the existing lien, title, and deed to your life with a heavy price, paid the remaining mortgage you transgressed, and repossessed the parts, the body, and key to your life and made it all brand new.
He is not interested ...
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