Some would think, from the title, that I intend on ministering to a group of ladies looking to improve their image.
Plastic surgeons today make literally millions of dollars to change a person’s appearance. Cosmetic companies sell a myriad of products to firm, conceal, and highlight specific features. Physical fitness programs and gadgets are purchased to tone and firm other areas of ourbodies.
Don’t think for a minute that women are the only ones seeking these avenues to change the way they appear. Men are sometimes just as driven to feel good about themselves and will use man-made methods to do so.
The Word tells us that we are all in need of a makeover. However, some have trouble seeing the work the Master has done to give us a new image, and they try all sorts of man-made ways of improving their spiritual image a place God, Himself, wants for Himself.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul tells us this in chapter 5, verse 17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
A wonderful thing occurs when we let the Lord take control of our lives. He creates something new. He doesn’t try to conceal, firm, tone, or highlight any part of our old man. He takes away all of the old and “starts from scratch.”
God doesn’t recycle; He is inspired to create something in us that is brand new, showroom fresh, and the only model of your new man one that is fitted with all of the features needed to glorify Himself.
Sometimes, we allow our old man to creep into the work that the Lord has put in our heart to do for Him. The blemishes, insecurities, and failures of the past can become scars that want a place in who God wants us to become.
God’s intention for you is reflected in Paul’s plea for his own walk, as he states in Philippians 3:13-14: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Always remember, the work done in you is not yours it’s the Lord’s. If you feel like you’re inadequate or discouraged in yourself, it might be time for the Lord to “buff out“ the scratches, dings, and scars, and bring back the “new creation” finish.
Seek Him today for a restoration of the new man, and allow God to bring out the image of Christ in you.