Thursday, February 1, 2007

Thursday, February 1

Image Makeover

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:29

Recommended Reading
Psalm 119:67-71

There is a growing epidemic in Western cultures: dissatisfaction with one's body image. Men and women are reporting that they are not happy with how they look. Painful solutions run the gamut from daily workouts in the gym to eating disorders and plastic surgery. Even then, the goal for too many remains elusive.

We're not happy with our physical image, but God is not happy with our spiritual image. Fortunately, He has a solution: He has chosen us to be eternally conformed to the image of His own Son, Jesus Christ. But just as "no pain, no gain" applies to diet and exercise, so it applies in the spiritual realm as well. Here is God's principle for reshaping our spiritual image: He will not spare present pain if it means eternal profit. The Old Testament patriarch, Jacob, is a good example. Long a deceiver, God used Jacob's Uncle Laban, who was himself a shady dealer, to teach Jacob some hard lessons (Genesis 29 30). If you're experiencing pain, see if you can find the eternal profit that it is designed to produce.

Based on how long each will last, which of our images should get most of our attention—body or soul?

Pain can either make us better or bitter.
Tim Hansel

Leviticus 8:1 - 10:20

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