August 11th 2010

Extreme Make-Over

“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’”
I Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

A few years ago I was in a different country flicking through television channels and came across a programme which was about extreme makeovers for women. This programme took women who were very unhappy with how they looked physically and, for three months, performed whatever surgeries or techniques deemed necessary to improve the appearances of these women. Sometimes the pain they endured was almost more than they could bear and some people dropped out because they couldn’t stick to the strict regime required of them. During this time they were never allowed to see themselves in a mirror. At the end of three months, they were made up beautifully, dressed in designer gowns and unveiled before a wall-sized mirror. Almost inevitably their first words when they saw themselves were, ‘Oh my, I’m beautiful!’

Humanly speaking it is amazing what many of us will endure to improve the outward person because that is what society sees and judges us by. But as the scripture above tells us, that is not how God sees us—he  looks at the heart. How we look on the outside isn’t necessarily how we look in our hearts. If we are open to letting him, God works with our hearts changing us from within. David requested in Psalms 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Perhaps we need to look to God to give us an extreme makeover from within. This is what we should be willing to endure pain and suffering for—a  pure heart that only God can give to us and by which the world will see us and judge us accordingly.

Loving Father, help us to look to you for the inward renewal that is necessary to give us the extreme makeover that comes only from you.

Study by Shirley Henderson 

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