30 May “Transformed” by Kitty Holt
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with dozens of others from CCF to help landscape a local elementary school in Cranston. Over the course of several hours, dozens of volunteers from the school and our church completely transformed the school. Leaves were removed, weeds were pulled, mulch was laid down, and dozens of flowers and trees were planted in multiple gardens around the school.
Although my part in the project was very small, I was blown away at not only the incredible amount of work that was done (in the pouring rain, no less) but also how completely transformed the school was on the outside.
As I surveyed the transformation, I thought: that is exactly what Jesus does, He transforms us. This transformation does not take place immediately on the outside like our landscaping project did; instead, it starts on the inside. Once you give your life to Him, He helps take away the desire to sin. He places a new heart in us, one that cares for others (even people who are hard to care about!). He gives us a desire to know Him more. To read God’s word. To let others know about Him. Eventually, those changes should make their way to the outside of us – to our countenance, to our words, to our actions, to the way we treat people.
Although the school landscaping project was an important and wonderful project, it is temporary. As human beings, we are infinitely important to God, and wonderfully made by Him. And our transformation can be an eternal one.