Scripture

If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Ephesians 4:28 NLT

Observation

God is not afraid of my problems. Rather, God transforms my problems to accomplish His plans. Through His transforming power in our lives, the one who used to steal resources from others through a spirit of selfishness, now becomes a source of generous supply to fulfill the needs of those around them.

Application

There are a few easy responses when I see my flaws.¬† I can defend myself, and say “This is just who I am! Take it or leave it!”.¬† Alternatively I can beat myself up–“No way God could use me, I’m too flawed! If people only knew the real me, they wouldn’t like me either!”.¬†Neither of these responses if Biblical. Ephesians 4:28 shows us the amazing transformation God can bring, if I surrender my life to Him. The very weaknesses and flaws that previously led me to violate God’s commands, can through His Spirit become the very thing that God uses to further His Kingdom in my life. If I defend my flaws, I reject His transformation. If I beat myself up over my flaws, I reject His love. The right response is to humbly acknowledge my failures, and then allow the power of the Holy Spirit to begin to work in my heart.

Prayer

God, thank you for the power of your spirit in my life! Thank you for not rejecting me, yet also not leaving me in my current sinful condition. Help me to respond in a right manner when my flaws are revealed–that I would humbly recognize my imperfections, and then allow Your spirit to transform me as I surrender to your love and forgiveness. May the things which previously separated me from You, become the very areas in which You are most glorified in my life.