The Art of Transformation

We all love a good make-over show. Whether it’s a fashion do-over, a house re-model, a hair-style up-grade…there is just something about seeing a change from the old to the new that thrills us. No matter how many times we hear Ty Pennington say “MOVE THAT BUS!”, we are still glued to the screen in anticipation of what’s going to be waiting there…and we gasp with awe at the results. The old and unwanted is gone… and the replacement is the stuff of dreams. 

Transformation.  It pleases something deep within us…whether it’s the mysterious switch from caterpillar to butterfly, Cinderella to the belle of the ball, or a room repainted with a bold color and a new rug on the floor…we sense something wonderful in the change…

Perhaps this is because we want to be changed.  Perhaps it’s because Jesus is beckoning to our souls…come, let Me make you new. 

His first public act of divine power was a transformation…Jesus, the Son of God, created an Extreme Wedding Makeover.

He was at a small wedding with a few disciples and His mother…and Mary came to Him with a problem. There wasn’t enough wine for all of the guests…and the family hosting the wedding would be terribly embarrassed when this became known to the party. Basically, she came to Jesus and said — “Help.”  And to those servants assisting at the feast, she said: “Do what He tells you to do.”

And she went on her way, knowing that Jesus was capable of handling it.

What happened next?

Let’s go to John 2 to find out:

Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.   “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.              

When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 

This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”

Y’all, this makes me smile so big.  Although that host was talking about the wine when he said they’d saved the best for last, you and I know that, finally, they had received the Best at last. The Son of God was in their midst and He took the little they had and made it much — He didn’t offer them what was so-so, barely sufficient, or ‘something’s better than nothing’…He gave them the top-of-the-line, unbelievable goodness.

Do you have empty jars in your life?

Follow Mary’s cue.

Take them to Jesus.

He is the Master of Transformation.

He takes emptiness and fills it.

He takes a life flat and flavorless and infuses it with joy and an abundance of love.

He takes a wounded heart and heals it.

He takes a sinful soul and makes it righteous.

He takes the old and makes it new….all things, new in Him.

And it is never a half-way done job, because His grace and His love are Extreme. When Jesus is in charge of your transformation, get ready to gasp in awe.

Because He remakes us so that we are more like Him…so that we reflect His beauty. What could be more amazing than having our lives transformed for His glory?

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