The Elevator doors
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
The Elevator Doors
A family from a remote area was making their first visit to the big city.
They checked in to a grand hotel and stood in amazement at the impressive sight. Leaving the reception desk. they came to the elevator entrance. They’d never seen an elevator before, and just stared at it, unable to figure out what it was.
An elderly lady hobbled towards the elevator and went inside. The door closed.
About a minute later, the door opened and out came a stunningly beautiful young woman. Dad couldn’t stop staring. Without turning his head, he patted his son’s arm and said, "Go get your mother."
I get a kick out of this old preacher’s story, but it reminds us of the amazing transformative power God has in people’s lives. The Apostle Paul wrote about it in Romans 12.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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. – Romans 12:1-2
In science they call this metamorphosis. A couple of examples are the transformation from a tadpole to a frog or the process by which an ugly, clumsy caterpillar enters the cocoon and breaks out in the form of a beautiful and graceful butterfly. In the Greek texts, that same word from which we get our English word metamorphosis.
God has been taking lives that are dirty and useless, and turned them into amazingly beautiful and useful people for his kingdom. His transformative power is more than we can ever imagine.
The Bible if filled with Nobodies who became Somebodies because God stepped into their lives, called them to a challenge and empowered them to accomplish things they never thought possible.
He specializes in taking the least likely person and transforming them into the only one who could have accomplished the project. This Sunday we will begin a series of messages that demonstrate how God did great things through surprising people. The key to becoming that person is complete and total surrender to God’s will and authority.
The series is called Any Nobody Can Become Somebody The transformative power of God in people. This Sunday we will examine how God was able to pull a completely pagan man from a pagan family and begin a great nation all his own. This Nobody would be the man through whom the Savior of the world would come. The sermon title is “Where He Leads I Will Follow” based on Genesis 12:1-8. I hope and pray this series will encourage and challenge each of us to yield ourselves to God in such a way that we can make a serious difference in the world for Him.
I hope you will join us at 10:30AM this Sunday in person at the FCC facility or on Facebook Live. I pray that God blesses and challenges each of us through this series of messages.
Coming out of the elevator door,