Our son was in his element, sitting in his high chair and feeding down on green beans, the baby food variety. As new parents, my wife and I were thrilled to be out to dinner at a nice restaurant with our 6 month old happy, occupied and quiet! His appetite was voracious, working on his third jar of Gerber’s; I noticed there were green beans all over his face and bib. I could just hear John Madden announcing in NFL style, “Now that’s a baby, smiling-food all over the place-that’s a baby!” As I looked closer, not only had the green beans managed to get all over his face, they were on his legs, his shorts and actually spilling onto the floor. A quick inventory led me to conclude with pinpoint accuracy, “There are more green beans on the ground than in the three jars I just fed this kid.” Before I could reveal my observation to my wife, reality assaulted my olfactory system! You guessed it; those weren’t green beans erupting from the sides of his diapers. Right there in the middle of the restaurant my son had a blow out rivaling Mt. St. Helens!
Only a parent who’s been there, done that, can appreciate the plop-plop-plop trek I made from the high chair to the restroom, arms fully extended holding my still smiling infant. Examining the damage, I muttered under my breath “This boy needs to be changed”.
Pardon my crass analogy but those are words that could be rightly spoken about the condition of each and every one of our hearts. We need to be changed. We need the cleansing, renewing and re-making that only God can provide. Here’s the good news: God has been in the diaper business for a long time! However we’ve messed ourselves, God can clean us, God can forgive us, God can empower us, and God can change us! 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 states, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all with unveiled faces, beholding and reflecting as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord are being changed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, even from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Let’s take God at His Word and experience the power of the Holy Spirit to change our lives. Let’s claim the promises of 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. Let’s look to God without any veils or masks. Let’s behold and meditate on His glory and invite Him to transform our lives. The promise of God is that the Holy Spirit brings freedom and He changes our lives!