Under New Management

I heard the story of a simple, illiterate man who was converted through the work of the Salvation Army. He went regularly to the Salvation Army citadel. One day he came home looking very sad.

His wife said, “What’s the matter?”

He said, “I’ve just noticed that all the people in the Salvation Army wear red sweaters, and I don’t have a red sweater.”

She said, “I’ll knit one.” So she knitted him a red sweater.

The next Sunday after he went to the citadel, he still wasn’t happy. His wife said, “What’s wrong this time?”

He said, “I just noticed all their red sweaters have yellow writing.”

They were both illiterate, but she said, “Don’t worry about it. I’ll embroider some writing on for you.”

She had no idea what the yellow writing on the red sweater of a Salvation Army man said – Do you know what it is? They have a yellow circle, and in it, BLOOD AND FIRE. That’s their motto.

The man’s wife had no idea what the letters said, and she couldn’t read anyway. So copying a sign from a store window opposite their home, she embroidered the words of that store sign onto his read sweater.

When he came back the next Sunday, she said, “Did they like your sweater?”

“They loved my sweater. Some of them said they liked my sweater better than their sweater.”

What neither of them knew was that the sign on the store window she had copied read, THIS BUSINESS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT.

That’s what it means to get saved. That’s what it means to get converted. That’s what it means for the Holy Spirit to enter your life: this business is under new management. 

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

2 Corinthians 5:16-18

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Know that if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside you to guide you in righteousness and godliness.

Consider the areas of your life that you have not given over to the Lordship of Christ. Repent and trust that the Holy Spirit will give you power to live as a new creation in Christ.

Thank our Lord and Savior for his death on the cross of Calvary and his victorious resurrection from the grave.