I once saw a Mythbusters episode where Adam learned the ancient Japanese art of dorodungo – creating hard, shiny, polished balls from dirt and water. The catch? Adam wanted to see if polishing a turd was possible.
Sorry – I know this is gross.
That’s the point. It’s nasty.
A polished, shiny turd is still a turd.
Religion tends to decorate the outside, cover blemishes and give the illusion of perfection.
Religion is good at polishing turds.
Jesus said the religious Pharisees were “all spit-and-polish veneer.” (Matthew 23.3 MSG).
Grace is different. Grace doesn’t decorate us – it changes and transforms us!
Galatians 6.15 reminds us that the outward stuff doesn’t count… “What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.”
Grace goes deep.
Grace makes us new.
Grace changes everything – including you.