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Extreme Makeover - Mind Edition

I once read of a debate between President Abraham Lincoln and an opponent who accused Lincoln of being "two-faced." The sharp-witted Lincoln, whose face has never been rated as being overly-handsome, disarmed his opponent with this verbal barb: "If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?" Lincoln was apparently comfortable in his own skin, plain though it might have been. Too bad he isn't alive today. Thanks to modem plastic and cosmetic surgery techniques, he could have his plain face and forehead "lifted." He could, for a price, have his eyelids augmented through "blepharoplasty." If he didn't like his ears, a procedure known as "otoplasty" would be the way to go. If still dissatisfied, he could work wonders on those famous Lincoln wrinkles with a series of Botox injections. Any scars on his face could be "revised" and the facial skin itself could be "resurfaced." And if he didn't like the length and look of his nose, "rhinoplasty" would be a wonderful option (better known in less sophisticated times as a "nose job!"). Implants would do wonders for his \hollowed-out cheeks. Finally, if he would undergo a chin procedure called "mentoplasty," he could have a brand new and dramatically madeover face! All in fun, of course, but in our body-conscious, beauty-worshiping modern world, extreme makeovers are becoming more and more frequent. People shell out serious bucks to have a part or parts of their body augmented or, to use a more popular phrase, get a "makeover." Practically any external part of the human body can be dramatically changed and supposedly improved through surgical and cosmetic alterations.

It might surprise some to know that the Lord would have us all undergo an extreme makeover! Not one that changes the shape of the eyes, ears, cheeks, chin or any other part of the physical body. No. His interest goes much deeper: He wants to re-make our spiritual attitudes and minds. The apostle Paul wrote about an "Extreme-Makeover: Mind Edition!" He briefly described the soul-altering procedure in Ephesians 4:20-24 — "Rut you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. The gist of the passage is that in conversion to Christ God aims for a dramatic mind-makeover (affected by Him through the Gospel, but requiring our cooperation/participation). The goal of this makeover is not to make us look better but to make us be better – to make us be like God! Like a computer saturated with a debilitating virus, the old man of sin corrupts our lives. But through the Gospel Christ completely reformats our minds and values. The result is a "new man" (or self) who is like God in true righteousness and ho lines? (vs 24 NIV). Who do you know that wouldn't benefit from that kind of extreme spiritual makeover?! Get real now. Are you being made new, or is your life like a soap opera — six months (or six years) go by and the same old stuff is still going on? Why don't-you let God remake your mind?!

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind"(Romans 12:2a)

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ