We are all like tubes of toothpaste; when the pressure is applied we discover what’s inside!

Dramatic moments have revealed the truth of what’s below the surface in my life, and in the lives of people around me. At times what has been exposed is delightful, consistent, or even more impressive than what is seen in the public life. At other times, what spills out is disappointing, shocking, and even disturbing.

I have come to value these moments. On a personal level, they give me a glimpse of the interior of my life, the strength of my character, and the influence of the Holy Spirit reviewed by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Sometimes I’m pleased but other times it is clear that I need to allow God to work on my attitude, desire, or the hidden things inside me.

Christ demonstrated His true identity and character through the dramatic moments in which grace and truth were revealed in pressure-filled situations. The words from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34), vividly illustrates this truth.

God’s renovation is always from the inside out. Observers want to see the external changed, but if that change is not from the inside, pressure will soon reveal the truth. God’s work requires our surrender to allow Him to transform us. Surrender is a daily act of faith and humility where we give God access to each area of our lives for His skillful work of renewal.

Dear Father, I realize my old nature, my flesh doesn't seek many things that are in line with your desires. I surrender my cravings to you and ask you to direct and empower me by your Spirit. Change me from the inside out. Thank you for the work you have begun in me and the promise you will continue that work till I see you face to face (Philippians 1:6). Amen.

Go Deeper ― What are you full of? What’s just below the surface? Look at these two lists and identify the ones you know are just below the surface.

Read Further — What is the Spirit-filled Life?

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