Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

           Have you noticed how many “makeover” shows there are on television lately?  There are home makeovers, body makeovers, style makeovers, child discipline makeovers…it seems that everyone is trying to take what they have and have someone else make it better or make it totally new. Everyone is searching for the perfect makeover to make their life complete or perfect. I’m just wondering how long it takes after the makeover is complete and the cameras  are no longer rolling when the realization that the new look may have made a more attractive appearance or a more comfortable life but that it is all just the “façade” that has been altered. The hole is still there and dissatisfaction with self or circumstances still exists even if the outside package looks prettier. The heart is still empty. There is a longing for true change from the inside out…the kind of true change that only comes from a heart transformed by Jesus Christ.
          Don’t get me wrong… I’m not against makeovers per se, but if it is only the outside that is changed, then what is rotten on the inside will eventually make its way back to the outside.
          Jesus rebuked the Pharisees because they were so concerned about outward appearances. And from that perspective, the outside, they looked great. Jesus was much more concerned with what was on the inside.
           Matthew 23:25-26 (NIV), Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
         Jesus could see the “inside.” He could see their hearts and from that perspective it was pretty ugly in there. All Jesus could see was self-centeredness and greed. All they could think about was “self” and how they could get more of whatever their hearts desired. Jesus had the answer for making the inside beautiful, clean and satisfied. I remember all too well how I used to be only concerned with the “outside,” with the appearance of things, yet my insides were so disgusting….until I invited Jesus in to occupy my heart. Therein is the true “makeover,” the only “makeover” that really matters. This “makeover” is not a temporary fix or window dressing but a change from the inside that lasts for eternity.

MaryAnn Kiernan

Writer for “Real Victory for Real Life” 
365 Devotional Thoughts in the Spirit of America’s Keswick
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One thought on “Makeover

  1. Stephanie Dickinson says:

    Dear Mary Ann,

    How true! Everybody everywhere, it seems, is having something in life “made over” ! How marvelous it would
    be if we could have “heart lifts” ….. where the deadened, wrinkled, and apathetic could be smoothed over,
    stretched out, and glow again with the love of Jesus Christ.

    Your inspiring message brings to my mind, a sermon I once heard from a very wise pastor. He said, “You know,
    folks, that charitable giving and church offerings are down all across America. However, the storage business is
    growing by leaps and bounds. Houses no longer have a simple one-car garage. We now have two and three-
    car garages which are so full that we must also rent storage units for that which does not fit into our abundantly-
    large homes. We buy toys we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress folks we don’t know !”

    Let us live for The One Who DOES “know and care”. Let us “invest” in making over our hearts…..caring about that
    which our L-rd and Savior cares – PEOPLE and their unmet needs, their broken hearts, and their crushed spirits.
    Let us care about others’ salvation. Now THAT would be a universal “make over” which would be worth the price !!!!

    Blessings to you !

    Stephanie Dickinson
    B.S. Min., CLC
    Lancaster, Pa.

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