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Did you ever watch that TV show that follows the building of a brand new home for someone? The family sends in a video of their need and why they should be the recipients of this new home. Ty and his staff come out, assess the situation and then start the process of building. But did you ever notice that they don’t go into the ramshackle mess of a home that is there and fix that up, but totally knock down the existing home and build it completely new from the bottom up. The old is replaced by the new.
That is exactly what God has to do with us. This is not a “re-do” of the mess we are. Coming to Him means that He will knock your socks off, so to speak, and start from scratch! Sort of like the caterpillar thing—a whole new creature emerges!
A while ago, I heard another good analogy to the extreme makeover we must go through to live a life in Jesus...from ugly to beautiful. Our beginnings are ugly...like the old rhyme, “U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi, you’re ugly, you’re ugly.” We are ugly, like an old beggar in the streets (which is a good picture of our spiritual condition before Jesus starts His extreme makeover in our sorry lives).
What God is talking about is an EXTREME MAKEOVER…a total renovation not just a paint job and duct tape repair...religion does that! Becoming this “new creature” hurts so much sometimes because God has to rip out what we have built. He has to do that, not as punishment, but in order to replace it with all new. What He builds remains forever (and He knew you before your bones were even formed!). It has to be that way because nothing unclean, broken and incomplete can stand in His presence. All the reconstruction, even though painful, is lovingly done so we may be made new for here and for eternity. Don’t hold on to the moldy, broken and rotten anymore. Send Him your request for an “Extreme Makeover”. Let Jesus come in to your heart and make you brand new, total and complete. C’mon, we’re all dying to see that completed project and say, “Move that bus!