Thursday, February 16, 2023

Daily Devotion: The Holy Spirit’s Work

Bible Reading:  Romans 12:1-5


Key Verse: Verse 2 -And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Key Words: And be not conformed to this world

The pull of the world is great.  We are bombarded daily by the world of Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and Hollywood Boulevard.  The pull to love the world, rely on the world, and look like the world is continual; but that certainly is not God’s desire for our lives.  God desires that we be different from the world.  This can only be done as the Holy Spirit is allowed to work in us.

In St. Peter’s Cologne, there are two pictures of the crucifixion of Peter.  They stand side by side, and the existence of these two pictures is explained this way.  “In the beginning of the 19th century, when Napoleon came and ransacked the city, he robbed St. Peter’s of one of those two pictures (the original) and took it away.  While the first picture was taken from the city, the artist, in the absence of the original, painted another picture.  In time, the original was returned and the two were placed side by side.  Experts now say that there is little difference between the two drawings – you cannot tell which one is the original.”

Now that is a picture of the glorious work of the Holy Spirit.  The original is absent; Jesus has gone on to heaven.  But the Holy Spirit is here; and He is the Master Artist; and in the absence of the Original, He is painting a likeness of Jesus on the canvas of our hearts so that others can see Jesus through you and me.  May we be worthy copies of the Original, conforming to His likeness.

What to do:
✞ Understand that the Holy Spirit is working in you for God’s glory.
✞ Don’t begrudge events in your life.  They are making you more like the Original.

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