We’ve all seen the incredible pictures of “before and after” transformations … NutriSystem pics, makeover pics, Greatest Loser pics, the ads touting what a particular exercise machine will do for you and wondered… Wow, is that picture Photo Shopped?
Well this morning I read Ephesians 2.1-10 in my Bible about what “GRACE” can do!! And I can tell you, God’s grace can accomplish incredible things for people! The transformation stories could fill a library! The “before and after” pics would blow you away … You would barely recognize the people! Perhaps you’re one of God’s marvelous “Grace Makeovers” … I know, because I’m one of them! Just like an “Eliza Dolittle,” that God, not a Professor Henry Higgins, transformed by grace into people of distinction, character, and beauty.
Here’s how the Bible puts it…
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” (Ephesians 2:1–10 NIV)
God can do it – a “Grace Makeover!” I just read about it this morning and when I did, I wrote these words in the margin of my Bible, “Thank you Lord!” He did it my life!! He can do it in yours!