“We take what we think are the tools of spiritual transformation into our own hands and try to sculpt ourselves into robust Christlike specimens. But spiritual transformation is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit. He is the Master Sculptor.” - Jerry Bridges
My grandson loves playing with PlayDoh®. A couple of times each week, we empty canisters of the soft clay and squeeze, roll, or flatten the various colors creating whatever shapes he desires: boats, snakes, turtles, trees – anything his little fingers can mold.
The same lump of clay can take on many different forms, depending upon the influences around it. A butterfly can morph into a scorpion or a rattlesnake can transform into a kitten.
Paul had personally experienced the power of God’s marvelous transformation. God flattened him on the Road to Damascus, then reshaped him into a choice messenger of the gospel. But Paul had also seen some of his friends compromised by the influences of the world. He told the Romans, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2a)
Like PlayDoh®, something will always shape our lives. And we are influenced most by what is closest to us. The world would like to squeeze us into its mold, but God wants to re-form us as well. Keep your mind focused on God, His Word, His power, His grace and let those influences shape you for the best.
Refueling in Flight Ministries