What a relief! Trying to be good—trying to be perfect in my own strength—has proven impossible. However, as I surrender to God’s grace, His enabling power transforms me from the inside out. It is His desire to work in me His very good pleasure; to change me from glory to glory into the very image of Christ. (See Philippians 2:13; II Corinthians 3:18)
What a comfort it is to know that as He perfects us—makes us whole and complete—He also covers our sins with Christ’s finished work on the cross. Like the snow covers the earth, our sins and imperfections have been gracefully covered. We are not skating on thin ice. As we submit to His grace working in us, Christ is more than able to sanctify, cleanse, and present us to Himself glorious and holy, without spot, blemish, or wrinkle. (See Ephesians 5:27) It is just as God told Zechariah:
Who can explain it — this gift of grace?
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB).