May 3, 2004
"The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the
hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him
with all your heart and with all your soul, and live"
(Devarim / Deuteronomy 30:6).
Reality television attracts a lot of attention today.
People seem to enjoy watching the real life happenings
of others. One type of reality television show
features the complete physical transformation of
people's facial and bodily appearances. Through
techniques such as plastic surgery and orthodontics
people who think of themselves as ugly are remade into
the stuff of beauty contests and magazines.
These people are willing to undergo complex treatments
as millions watch them on television. Neither the
dangers of surgery or the embarrassment of being a
spectacle prevents them from the hope of becoming the
beautiful person they always dreamt of.
While the public debates the value of extreme
makeovers - both the enduring of it and the use of it
as entertainment - the fact is it is something we all
need. But not the kind featured on these shows, for
they only deal with our external appearance.We need,
rather, an extreme makeover that is much deeper. What
the Bible calls the circumcision of the heart.
Those familiar with circumcision understand how
extreme this is. Our hearts are the centre of our
wills and desires. The part of us that motivates and
Because of our rebellion and resistance to God and his
love, we have developed calloused, hard hearts – ugly
hearts. The natural condition of our hearts is cold
and insensitive. Because of our ugly hearts, we tend
to be self seeking and selfish.
God wants to transform our hearts into hearts that are
open to him and sensitive to others. When we give
ourselves to God's extreme makeover, we will have
beautiful hearts - hearts that love, hearts that give
– heart that live.
One of the byproducts of having a made over heart is a
beauty greater than the greatest makeover money can
buy. External beauty can never transform who we are on
the inside. But once we receive God's makeover,
everything about us becomes beautiful. And this beauty
will not fade with age.
We shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking that this is
an easy, painless process. Spiritual heart surgery is
one of the most painful things that we can ever
endure. Yet the dangers of this procedure are nothing
to those who know they desperately need it. Once we
catch a glimpse of the beautiful people we can be, we
will no longer be able to put up with the ugliness of
our hearts. We will gladly submit to God's