This past Monday night, we had our first ladies' meeting at People's Baptist Church since my husband assumed the pastorate. We kept things very simple: a quick game, a light devotional, and some coffee and cookies. I hope to gradually add some more things in as we move through the year.
I wanted to share with you the devotion I brought Monday night. I played off the old show Extreme Makeover, thinking how God does perform an extreme makeover on us when He saves us! So here we go . . .
Extreme Makeover: Divine Edition
There was a show several years ago, entitled Extreme Makeover, on which the “experts” took extreme measures to change people’s appearances. Each person was always grateful to have these changes made, and I once saw a father cry from happiness over the changes in his daughter. I wonder what kind of extreme changes God would like to see in us, and what He would do in our lives if we allowed Him to perform His Extreme Makeover?
v Lose weight
Hebrews 12:1 – “Wherefore . . . let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us . . .”
- Put away
v Get a new hairstyle
II Corinthians 10:5 – “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
- Cast down strongholds of Satan’s lies
- Replace his lies with God’s Truth
v Get a manicure
I Timothy 2:8 – “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands . . .”
- Holy hands are clean hands
- Holy hands are willing hands
- Holy hands are helpful hands
v Put on some lipstick
Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
- A soft answer turns away wrath
- Sweetness of the lips increases learning
- Speak the truth in love (faithful are the wounds of a friend)
- No gossip (an angry countenance drives away a backbiter)
v Get new glasses
Philippians 3:14 – “. . . forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark . . .”
- Forget those things that are behind
- Reach forward to new things
v Get a new wardrobe
Ephesians 4:24 – “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
- Take off the old man
- Put on the new man
What can God do with YOU in 2011?
Will you let Him perform His Extreme Makeover?