Galatians 5:22-25 (NRSV)

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,

23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.

Isaiah 64:8 (NRSV)

8 Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.                            

DEVOTION -Ann Stewart (South, Australia)

My daughter-in-law walked past some old houses that were being renovated.  She told me how messy they looked during the process and wondered how they would look when they were finished.  She was anxious to see the renovations completed – the final result of all the hard work.

This conversation reminded me of our spiritual renovation process through the work of the Holy Spirit in us.  As the Spirit works in our lives, God brings tot he surface areas that need healing, attitudes that need changing, sins that need repentance, and relationships that need restoring.

Like the house renovations, the process can be messy and sometimes painful.  However, God deals with us lovingly and gently.  God is the Master Builder with perfect timing.  We are works in progress, and we become more like Jesus during our spiritual transformation.

When we lean on God and persevere, God will transform and sanctify us.  How exciting it is to know that God is in the process of renovating us so we are becoming the children we were created to be!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today I will strive to be all that God wants me to be.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the work of your Holy Spirit in us.  May we reach our full potential as your children and serve you well and with joy.  Amen.