Each one of us a believer in Jesus Christ is a masterpiece in the making. We are being crafted and sculpted into the masterpiece God wants each one of us to be. But God doesn’t transform us into the image of Christ just to make us into a beautiful work of art to be displayed in a museum, or to put on a shelf, or placed in a vault. He shapes us into what He wants us to be for the work of service, as a tool, to the building up of the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts so that we might serve God and serve one another as a tool in the hand of the Master.
The One who created all that there is—the One who created you—desires to do an Extreme Makeover for every single person on this earth. As amazing as it is to see the transformation of a house on the reality show Extreme Makeover Home Edition, God wants to do a relational, spiritual, emotional, internal transformation in every man, woman, and child. He wants re-creation. He wants to take the old and put it away. He wants something new to come in. He wants to take the old and cleanse. And He wants to put your past behind you. You will discover in this message from God’s Word that you are God’s Masterpiece in the Making as you are transformed more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.
And we know that God causes all things to work together
for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
Someone has said, “That if the Bible is a great feast for the soul, then Romans chapter 8 is the main course.”
I would add, “Romans chapter 8, verses 28-30, is the main dish.” Without a doubt, these verses are the most glorious of all of Scripture. They are a summary, an encapsulation, of the whole of the Bible, the whole of the Gospel.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers in the 19th Century, said, “When home is ruled according to God’s Word, angels might be asked to stay with us and they would not find themselves out of their element.”
It could be added to that, “Where Christ is Lord in the home, angels might be asked to stay with us and they would find themselves right at home.”
Both of these statements are the result of a Spirit-Filled marriage. The secret of harmony and unity in the home is the fullness of the Spirit. It is power from within not pressure from without that holds the home together. And the fullness of the Spirit is how a home becomes a godly home of influence for the Kingdom of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of us. He indwells us, He empowers us, He fills us, and He transforms us more and more into the image of Christ. But by the Holy Spirit, we also have a responsibility to put to death the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8:13). This is called the mortification of sin. How exactly does mortification take place? How do we put the deeds of the flesh to death?