The Body of Christ Meets Reality TV
“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;” (Ephesians 4:22, AMP)
Reality TV has made “makeovers” the latest fad. We have TV shows that feature guests who get a physical makeover; home remodels; financial overhauls and learn to live on a budget; diet and cooking transformations. Some people put their marriage and family relationships on full display and attempt to learn functional relationship skills in front of a vast TV audience. Looking at the state of the Body of Christ, I am convicted that we must change our look, thinking and behavior and submit to a complete “spiritual makeover” in our daily lives.
Why do we need a spiritual makeover? A quick read of Barna data and review of the current state of affairs in the church reveals rampant failure to teach the Word of God and live according to God’s Word. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage has invaded the pulpit and is promoted as an acceptable way of life. Divorce rates among Christians equals that of the world. Barna stats show that Church membership, attendance and offerings are on a decline, with only 20% of Christians tithing regularly. Sadly, a large number of Christians say that messages and programs are not relevant and do not address their needs. There has been an increase in scandals involving sexual abuse, immorality, and misuse of funds among pastors and church leaders. Thirty percent of pastors regularly engage in Internet pornography. Every day, Christians are on display before a vast audience that includes God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, saints, angels of heaven, friends and family, plus Satan and all the powers of darkness.
Child of God, is it time for you to invite God to perform a “spiritual makeover” in your life? Ask God to speak to you about any area of your life that is not pleasing to Him. Allow the Holy Spirit and his crew of divine assistants (Love, Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness, Wisdom, Discernment, Truth, Light, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, and Faithfulness) to take charge. Trust God, He created makeovers!
Father, thank You for the life-changing power of Your love, mercy and grace. Holy Spirit, do a spiritual makeover in my life and remove anything that is not pleasing to You. Through the blood of Jesus and in Jesus name I pray, amen.
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