My Grandpa’s hands were calloused and aged. With his pocket knife he casually whittled away at a small chunk of wood. It was nothing special when he began, but now it had come to life. It had ears, a nose, and a mouth. It was a horse, complete with mane and tail.
I said “Papaw, how did you carve that into a horse?” He kept shaving slivers of wood here and there, making it smooth as a river rock. “Well, I just whittle away everything that ain’t a horse,” He said. He explained how when he started whittling on a piece he knew what it would become before he even began to form it.
Little by little I watched as the small piece of wood turned into something totally unique. With each sliver that was shaved away it became a new creation. It was no longer just a small chunk of wood. It had been transformed.
That’s exactly what Jesus does with us. Jesus also knew us and who we were before He even formed us. Jeremiah 1:5 Isn’t that amazing! When we put ourselves into the loving capable hands of Jesus, we become a new creation. He transforms us and we become who He intended us to be. We won’t fit in in this world and we don’t want to, simply because we are not of this world. John 17:16 (NIV) They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Not fitting in isn’t misfortune, it’s transformation.
The Holy Spirit will gently lead us and open the eyes of our heart if we only listen. Sometimes it can be painful letting go of certain things in our lives. We need to let go of everything that keeps us from being like Jesus. We need to cleanse our heart of things that are unlike Him, and the things that keep us from becoming who He created us to be.
We just need to whittle away everything that ain’t Jesus, and when we do we will be a new creation!
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.