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A Beautiful Rock

“For we know that when this earthly tent (our earthly body) we live in is taken down, we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself...” (2 Corinthians 5:1 NLT).

The story is told that Michelangelo, of Sistine Chapel fame, was once asked how he created such amazing sculptures from mere blocks of marble. He responded, “In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition...”

Too often we become bogged down in the things of this world and all that we are not, rather than seeing what we are capable of being.  We see ourselves as mere blocks of marble, incapable of being anything beautiful. “We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing” (2 Corinthians 5:2).

God, our creator, our “sculptor,” sees the beauty in us. We are created in God’s image and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is the beginning of the sculpting process.  God’s plan is to hew away the rough walls that imprison us and reveal our God-designed shape, perfect in attitude and action.  Perfection will not come until we are with God in heaven, but until then, God will use the trials and tribulations of our lives to shape us and to begin to free the beauty within.


  • Do you sometimes feel like a block of marble, unable to see your true value?  Go to God’s Word and read the truth about your true value.
  • Do you view your spiritual life as a checklist of do’s and don’ts or as a relationship?  Spend time getting to know Him and and allow His grace to shape your life.

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