CHOPPEDHave you ever watched the Food Network program Chopped? It is a program where four chefs, or those who have cooked for a long time, compete. They take a basket of ingredients they’re required to transform into either an appetizer, an entree or a dessert, depending on the round they’re facing. At the conclusion of each round, one chef is chopped from the competition until there’s only one chef left standing.

My husband and I watch it from time to time. There’s always at least one bizarre ingredient in the baskets. It’s fascinating to me to see how they’ll take something like fish and use it in the dessert round to produce something appetizing.

Last night, the lady who won was the only one of the four who wasn’t a classically trained chef. She was selected because of her ability to take the ingredients and completely transform them into something else in each round. It wasn’t lost on me that the winner was the greatest transformer in the room.

Fortunately for us, we know the greatest transformer of all time. No one holds a candle to Jesus when it comes to transforming lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

He takes our lives, no matter what the condition, and He transforms us into something beautiful. Psalm 103:12 tells us,

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

We could share story after story of lives changed because of the Lord. Rahab went from prostitute to one in the lineage of Christ [Joshua 2:1, Matthew 1:5-16]. Zaccheus went from a thieving tax collector to a follower of Christ [Luke 19:1-10].

We could quote story after story from the Scriptures of people Jesus transformed into new creations. Instead, I’d like to hear your stories. How has Jesus transformed your life? Share in the comments. How has Jesus kept you transformed your life to keep you from being chopped?

Revelation 12:11 says,

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”

Let’s strengthen one another as we give testimony to the great things He has done in our lives.