Do you need a make over?

May 15, 2010

There are many popular shows on TV these days where the “experts” come in and help someone in a tough spot.  From wrecked houses on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, to troubled restaurants on Kitchen Nightmares. There are also single room editions such as Kitchen Makeovers and Trading Spaces (one for grownups and at least one version for kids).  For Car buffs there is Overhaulin’, Trick My Ride, and Pimp My Ride, and probably a dozen more.  It all started way back in the seventies with This Old House, but really it started much before that, think of  Le Miserables, one of my all time top five Novels.  But it probably began long before that with Cinderella; early, pre-Disney version of this folk tale date to the first century BC!

These shows are watched, and these stories are read, re-read, made into plays, musicals and Disney movies because they touch something in all of us – a desire to be reborn.  We are all caterpillars longing to be butterflies.  We all want something different.  We love to see these transformations, in part because we could all use a transformation in some part of our life.  Or perhaps our entire life.

Therefore, rejoice in The One doing the really extreme makeover, eternal edition.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (II Corinthian 5:17)  The real makeovers have been happening since Adam (Genesis, Chapter 3)  God is continually renewing, rewiring and restoring us.  From Jacob to Israel, From Saul to Paul, God takes us where we are and creates a brand new creature that has never existed before (Literally a new creation.) I am very grateful, hopeful, joyful.

And I didn’t have to go to Orlando to receive it either.  With God’s makeover, it’s not as if we were going from one place to another, like crossing a bridge, although that is part of the equation.  We are not just given new, better parts, or a new attitude.  We are remade, recreated. (Just an interesting aside, since we are recreated, does that mean that we are recreation to God, of just by God?  I don’t know.)   All I know for sure is,For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  (Ephesian 2:10)  Made by the master craftsman, a divine instrument to be used to draw people to Jesus.

So let’s get out there and do his good works, and be his good works, OK?”

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One Response to “Do you need a make over?”

  1. tracy said

    Beautifully written. Worthy of comtemplation and publishing. Thank you for all your introspective thoughts. I always enjoy reading what God has laid on your heart.

    Question for you? Is the picture of the bridge one that you or Diane took?

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