Whenever I hear the hymn “Amazing Grace” (including the wonderful Chris Tomlin arrangement) I can’t help but think about John Newton’s life. The transformation he went through, from a slave ship worker to humble servant of God, always stirs my heart up. (You can read more about him here.) After all, if God could do such a miracle in Newton’s life, there’s hope for me, too!
“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.”
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”