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Heavenly Botox! (09.12.05--Heavenly Citizens!--2 Cor. 5:17)

Make-overs! We are a people obsessed with them these days. We restore our cars, pump botox into our chins and eyelids, remodel our homes at a record pace and are transfixed by the various shows on television whose story lines are founded on make-overs.

What is this fascination with being made-over? Some psychologists have suggested that it has everything to do with a deep-seated discontent that rules our lives these days. We grapple with the aging process that slowly but surely is claiming our youth. Where once we kept a car until it had 150,000 miles, more and more Americans are trading in the old before it even becomes “old.” We are a people obsessed with reclaiming youth and newness. We long to be a Phoenix rising from the ashes of what was, restored to a new promise of what could be. After all of this effort, can we say that we are getting there? Will the “rebuilding” process necessary to this make-over finally find us content?

A property owner once found a buyer for a warehouse property that had been difficult to sell. As he showed a prospective buyer the property, the owner took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage.

“Forget about the repairs,” the buyer said. “When I buy this place, I’m going to build something completely different. I don’t want the building; I want the site.” (Ian L. Wilson)

Compared with the renovation God has in mind, our efforts to improve our own lives are as trivial as sweeping a warehouse slated for the wrecking ball. When we become God’s, the old life is over (2 Cor. 5:17). He makes all things new. All he wants is the site and the permission to build.

Tighter chins, firmer stomachs and buttocks don’t reflect the make-over plan our Heavenly Father has had in mind for each of us since before creation. We can make-over our bodies until the cows come home and we won’t even scratch the surface of that divine plan. God’s make-over has everything to do with our hearts and little to do with our appearance. He tells us that He has made us new “creations” in Christ. Where others see tragedy and hopelessness, we see opportunity and hope. Where others can only find happiness in their wealth, we find happiness even in poverty. We may look the same as everyone else on the outside; but on the inside there is heavenly botox at work.

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