Font Size » + | -By Nicole Kerr My husband, Aaron, and I had just bought a new car. Ok, so it was 160,000 miles past new, but it was new to us, and it was a much newer and nicer model than our previous car. It had more bells and whistles and made us feel fancy but we didn’t have to pay much for it. So, a win-win! A few weeks went by and we started hearing strange noises coming from the engine. Then after only a month with our prize, the fateful day came. It so happens that Aaron and I are the ones in charge of bringing donuts to church each Sunday. Those donuts are the very thing that get some of the kids (and their parents) out the door in the morning and chaos ensues if we are late. So let’s just say we were “pushing” the car a little harder than normal that morning and when we pulled up to a stoplight the engine died. It just shut off, deciding it was done working for the moment. After some time we were able to get it going and made it to church and home again. It made for a somber Sunday afternoon as we dreaded the unpleasant experience of taking the car in to be repaired. The next morning Aaron unenthusiastically took the car back to the dealer to have it looked at knowing full well that this could be a painful financial setback. Then THE call came. Aaron’s heart sank when a mechanic told him the engine was bad, but he did not expect the next words: “Mr. Kerr, it seems that the engine for this particular car has been recalled, so we will be replacing your engine for a new one at no charge to you.” Yes. You read that right. They were trading in our 160,000-mile engine for a brand new, zero-mile engine…for FREE. As I was thinking about this whole situation the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) came to mind: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Just like our engine had a recall because it was defective, our hearts are in a similar defective state. We are born with a sin nature that will ultimately end in death. But when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become a new creation! We trade in our old hearts and become brand new! When Jesus came and lived a sinless life, died on our behalf and rose again, defeating death, he was essentially saying, “There has been a recall on the old sinful hearts. But if you come to Me, I will give you a brand new one!” Now, here is the key: we must give up the old engine, the old sinful nature. We can’t come to Jesus and ask for a new engine (heart) but then ask to keep the old defective part that was in the old nature. There is a price we pay for this new engine. When I accepted my new heart, I had to give up anger, pride, lust, jealousy, and greed. I have to daily die to my old sinful nature. But with this new heart I get to daily put on the character of Christ; “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV). If you are asking me, I think we got ourselves a bargain.