A poor peasant girl admired the statue of a maiden in a small park area in her town. The maiden had a beautiful face and a graceful figure clothed with a robe. The girl stood and admired the maiden, gazing into her face.
She went home and thoroughly washed her face and she brushed her hair until it was soft and falling in gentle waves about her shoulders. She went back to the statue again the next day and gazed again in awe at the beauty before her. She went home and washed and mended her tattered clothes. Day by day, as she gazed at the statue, she changed. She walked back home with her head in the air, instead of slouching, hunched over, as usual. She became more graceful and was transformed in her appearance and in her actions.
When I think back to the time before I knew Christ I see a completely different person to the one I am now. I see numerous changes over the years – not just changes brought about by age – but changes in my personality, my habits, my attitudes, my desires.
What brought about these changes?
Looking each day into the face of my Saviour; learning more and more about Him and about the way He has planned for me; reading His love-letter to me; learning to trust Him more and more; allowing Him to guide me, challenge me and correct me, and walking the road of life with Him – allowing Him to change me, for He alone is able.
Am I there yet?
No way! But I have complete confidence that He will continue His work in me, perfecting me, until He is able to present me faultless before the throne. [Philippians 1:6. Jude 24. Ephesians 5:27]
What can I do?
Of myself, nothing. I cannot change me, but the more I gaze into His face, the more He will change me into His own likeness; the more He will conform me to His own image. [Romans 8:29. Ephesians 4:13]
And one day He will present me FAULTLESS before the presence of His glory
WHAT AN AMAZING GOD!
# However Christlike we may become, we are still in the process of ‘being changed’ ~ John Stott
# The sum total of being a Christian is to become like the One we worship ~ anon
# No Christian is where he ought to be spiritually until the beauty of Jesus is reproduced in his daily Christian life ~ A W Tozer