Working in my field, with these particular juveniles, I often hear from colleagues and even parents of these children, they’re a lost cause; I’ve given up on them; there’s no hope…
This is one of the most sad places to be: a lost cause.
I know because I was once a lost cause. But God.
I know that recidivism is a real thing – a real problem. I know the statistics. However, I also know that with God, all things are possible! I have a difficult time believing in such a thing as a lost cause. Maybe because that would make my job pointless. Maybe because that would mean I’m still a lost cause.
I’m reminded of the man with the infirmity 38 years in John 5. He spent how many years laying beside the pool at Bethesda because he didn’t have a man to put him into the water so that he could be the first one in, the first one was the one to receive the healing, the blessing. He was indeed a lost cause. That is, of course, until Jesus passed his way and offered him wholeness.
It’s just like that for us. When we allow Jesus to come in and make us whole, no longer are we lost causes or even infirmed, we can be healed, whole, new.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
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