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by Teresa Bell Kindred

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    Last night, I watched part of a television show. You may have watched the show or at least heard about the show. The show selects people to give a total “make over.” They have liposuction, eye lifts, face lifts, implants, special diets, trainers, doctors, whatever it takes to make the people chosen feel and look beautiful. The results are astounding.

    Regardless of my personal opinion and thoughts concerning the television show, it did make me think about the concept of being a new person. Becoming a new person is exactly what happens when we are born into Christ. In fact, when we become Christians, our whole world becomes new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

    Saul of Tarsus is one of the best examples of an “extreme Christian makeover” anyone could imagine. Let’s take a look at the before and after of “extreme Christian makeover.”

    Look at the before picture of Saul of Tarsus: Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord’s followers, so he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them — both men and women — back to Jerusalem in chains. (Acts 9:1-2)

    Now look Saul later after the extreme makeover:

He believed, he was baptized “And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” (Acts 9:20)

    As most Christians know, Saul was renamed Paul and became the most successful Christian missionary the world has ever known. He went from being the primary persecutor of Christians to the leading evangelist in bringing people to become Christians.

My children are going to make mistakes, but when they do I hope they will turn to me.
    Unlike the television show where only one or two people are selected for each episode, all of us have the opportunity for an extreme Christian makeover. Because of Jesus, we all have the ability to change.

    Haven’t you known someone who was a sinner, and when they came to know Jesus and understand God’s will, they became a different person? I know many people like that. In fact, one of them is me! My life is so different now than it was years ago. I am happier, healthier and more at peace now than ever before. It’s not because of any diet, face lift, or surgery. It’s because I was made over in Christ Jesus. You can be too! Listen to how Saul, who became Paul, describes it:

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is changing lives everywhere, just as it changed yours that very first day you heard and understood the truth about God’s great kindness to sinners. ... For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. ... You have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. (Col 1:6; 2:12; 3:10 NLT)

    An “extreme Christian makeover” — now that’s better than any reality TV show. That’s an eternal reality change.

 
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      Author: Teresa Bell Kindred
      Publication Date: October 1, 2003


 
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