The atheist finds himself enslaved by the need to prove himself an unbeliever. In denying the existence of God he finds nothing greater than himself and other selves in the universe. His greatest creed centers in “I believe in myself.” — D. Bruce Lockerby
One of my friends from San Antonio has a kid named Ben that I’ve heard some about. When this guy was a wee little tyke, he wasn’t so different from your average five-year-old: his room was messy, he never ate his vegetables, and he painted the walls instead of paper… but never had his dad seen someone so young care so much about his appearance. He used to stand and yell for mom and dad with his arms outstretched, prompting his parents to rush into the room in response to the alarm. The emergency? Sleeves touching the wrists, or shoelaces with uneven loops! (Imagine what he was like about the REST of his wardrobe!)
It was an early sign of a future, larger struggle he would deal with—a struggle we that we all wrestle with:
- Obsession with outward appearances
- Focus on earthly belongings
- Satisfaction from impressing others through looks and actions
That’s the bad news. The good news is that God is able to transform us.
God is in the business of remodeling. Big time. He is able to transform our spirits and our minds, and one day He will even transform our bodies. Sometimes the remodeling is painful and ugly. He comes in and tears out the walls, the furnishings, the old appliances that He knows must go if we are to reflect Jesus Christ outward through authentic lives. He can take our broken lives and distorted beliefs and transform us according to the truths of Scripture. One day, He will even take our decaying bodies and transform them into something glorious, reflecting His glory.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Philippians 3:20-21)
Almighty God, please break my obsession with earthly appearances and possessions. I come to You knowing that this may hurt—that I’ll come to terms with things about myself that I’m ashamed of. Regardless, I ask that You would get rid of the things that keep me in worldly bondage, so I can be free in Christ to be all that You made me to be now and in the future when You will make all things glorious. Amen.