A little girl was visiting her grandmother one beautiful spring morning. They walked out into grandmother's flower garden. As grandmother was inspecting the progress of her flowers the little girl decided to try to open a rosebud with her own two hands. But no luck! As she would pull the petals open, they would tear or bruise or wilt or break off completely. Finally, in frustration, she said, "Grandma, I just don't understand it at all. When God opens a flower, it looks so beautiful but when I try, it just comes apart."
"Well, honey," her grandmother answered, "There's a good reason for that. God is able to do it because He works from the inside out!"
That's exactly what God does in our lives: He works from the inside out. He comes to live within us, and the new life on the inside changes what we are and do on the outside.