Ephesians 5:8, NIV: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

“Who am I?” I asked. “Can a leopard change its spots?” The answer has been slowly more evident through years of spiritual growth. What began with a moment of surrender to Christ has continued a transformation process, just as in all who come to Christ desiring to be changed. Each day we see a little more. Each day we change, a tiny bit or leaps and bounds perhaps. Each day the Master’s Hand is near to us--shaping our lives as new creations. We have all once been corruptible creatures called sinners. We were stricken and stained by sin. But now we are washed by the blood of the Lamb, and no longer the creatures we were once. New creations. No stain, no spot. But comes the time of momentary lapse, wherein we attempt things as the creatures we were once. No longer does such behavior fit. “Can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?” (James 3:12) A fig tree cannot bear olives. A grapevine cannot bear figs. Neither does the leopard change his spots. For in fact it is not the spots that are changed, but the leopard.