“It is God who works in you to will and to do of God’s good pleasure. ”
It is said that for almost 100 years, a huge piece of flawed Carrara marble lay in the courtyard of a cathedral in Florence, Italy. Then, in 1501, a young sculptor was asked to do something with it. He measured the block and noted its imperfections. In his mind, he envisioned a young shepherd boy.
For 3 years, he chiseled and shaped the marble skillfully. Finally, when the 18-foot towering figure of David was unveiled, his student exclaimed to Michelangelo, “Master, it lacks only one thing—speech!”
God’s eyes penetrates our outward demeanor and looks into the new nature God created in us at our salvation. God’s Word exposes our new nature to the mind of God, God’s intention for our lives. Our new nature feasts on God’s Word causing us to begin to desire what God desires for us. Then as we are transformed by the Word, God’s Holy Spirit chisels at our old nature until we are set free; we change and we become who God created us to be. It is called sanctification; often painful, yet quite rewarding.
For the believer, resistance is futile. During this Lenten Season, let’s allow God’s masterpiece to come forth. Let us grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.