So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. ~ Romans 12: 1-2, the Message
The power of transformation lies ultimately within God’s hands. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, you and I share with our words and our deeds the maturity God is developing within us. I was reminded of this at a Saturday matinee performance of Pygmalion, as I watched changes take place in stages upon the stage.
Hoping to win a bet with Colonel Pickering, Professor Higgins teaches Eliza Doolittle to speak and act as a proper English lady…a My Fair Lady! Eliza embraces her opportunity for change and is changed from the inside out. But, will Colonel Pickering and Professor Higgins stop focusing on their bet and embrace what is best for Eliza?
Through the years, the proper ending of the play has been debated. There have been many opinions on the best way to bring closure to the relationship between Eliza, Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering. In my opinion, the final question to be answered is: Will these men allow Eliza’s transformation bring out the best in them?
Stage by stage, will you and I allow God’s transforming presence bring out the best in us so that we develop a well-formed maturity?