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Friday, October 17, 2008

Extreme Makeover

For we walk by faith, not by sight.... Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.... Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ....
For the love of Christ compels us.

(2 Corinthians 5:7,17,20,14 NKJV)

[Jesus] said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3 NKJV)

Love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. (1 Peter 1:22-23 NKJV)

The radical outward conversion performed on television cannot compete with the Extreme Makeover the Holy Spirit performs. Tucked away in 2 Corinthians 5, a single chapter of the Bible presents no less than fourteen before-and-after pictures of the born again conversion of our hearts.

It is impossible to enter the kingdom without being born again (John 3:3). It is equally impossible to be truly born again and remain unchanged.

Little children love without question, trust without assessing motive, accept gifts without hesitation. Their limitless, fearless curiosity wonders over that which grown-ups' eyes have no time for. They accept kisses for injuries soon forgotten. They eagerly share uninhibited affection with one they love. They do not comprehend patience for what they've been promised.

My testimony is that conversion to the heart of a little child is delightful. The first childhood has nothing on this second one.

My Father, Abba, Papa, I love being Your child. You are so good. You give me so much more than I could imagine to ask for. My only complaint is my limited ability to express my love for You from this body, in this world, at this time. I'm waiting at the window, watching for Your return.

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