Monday, January 4, 2016
I need a makeover!
Here we go again....it's a new year and our thoughts turn toward becoming an improved model of the person we have been. It is relatively simple to see from our own observations we have plenty of room for improvement. So we make our resolutions. Since we spot the areas which need improving so readily, and make some sort of pledge to ourselves we will do more of the right things and become interested in being better than last year, you would think we would be masters of improvement by now.
Deciding we need to be changed and making those changes based on our own strength to turn ourselves into the person we should be, we set ourselves up for failure. Year after year we make the resolutions which change our weight, our habits, our personalities, and any other thing that will make us better. How long we keep those resolutions varies from one person to another, but the results are usually the same......we fail again and again.
Our God is in the business of making things new and he doesn't seem to be interested in making just an improved model of the old "us." His love is so complete it doesn't just change us for the better, he completely makes us a different person. The old life we lived, with its failures and blunders, he takes away. That old life is gone. It has to go....it must go in order for our new life to begin.
New life? If we give ourselves to God, inviting him to make us better, opening the door of surrendering control to him. Sometimes that is a hard thing to do. We have tried and failed on numerous occasions as we have watched our good intentions disappear in such a short time.
Paul wants us to know of the complete makeover which happens when we make that surrender of control to our Lord. It's not going to be like and new coat of paint which looks good on the outside, simply hiding the deeper issues. He says, "If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation." He's a new person! Not only that, "the old life is gone." That means we don't have to deal with the mess of our old existence. It's gone. The new life has begun.
It's better than a makeover of the old. We have the open invitation to become new.