May 3, 2004

Extreme Makeover
"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 
drives us.

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 
transforming power.