Jeremiah 5:54-52:34; Titus 3:1-15; Psalm 100:1-5; Proverbs 26:18-19
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.” Titus 3:3-6
Before and after pictures of makeovers intrigue us, whether they capture hair, backyards or kitchens. “Before” pictures display obvious need for improvement and some sort of challenge to overcome. “After” pictures capture the results of effort, expertise and time.
St. Paul encouraged his co-worker, Titus, to remind the believers in his care of their “before and after” condition–that being made a child of God through Baptism was their ultimate makeover.
Christ living in us transforms our self-centered lives. Knowing our sins are forgiven rearranges our spiritual landscape and makes it beautiful in God’s sight. And spiritual gifts given to us equip us for “every good work”.
Today, remember that you are a miraculous, grace-filled makeover!
Lord God, we thank you for transforming our sin-stained lives through the saving work of your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving and caring for us enough to not leave us in our “before” condition. Thank you for giving us the “after” picture through the gift of faith. Help us to live our lives in such a winsome way that your name may be praised and that others may be drawn to your Truth. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us,
and we are His.
We are his people,
the sheep of His pasture…
For the Lord is good
and His love endures forever,
His faithfulness through
Psalm 100: 3,5