A Makeover Is Temporary
I stood in awe before the mirror as the girl reflected there looked like a magazine cover. I had spent all day being primped, primed, made up and made over. It was one of those offers where you get to go on a photo shoot for free and they do your hair and make-up put you in gorgeous clothes and then you’re expected to buy lots of the glamorous photos for an extortionate price.
I looked amazing but I had so much make up on my face felt heavy and my hair was so full of product in a gorgeous up do that I wasn’t sure it would ever come down and it certainly didn’t move. It took me nearly as long to get it all off as it had to make me up.
The thing with a makeover, it’s all temporary. It can all be undone in a relatively short space of time and no matter how glamorous I thought I looked it was still the same me underneath, it hadn’t changed me as a person.
Transformation Is Slow, but Lasting
When I became a Christian in my late 20’s I thought it would be a bit like that makeover, people would pray over me, I’d take a dip in the waters of Baptism, Jesus would come in and ta-dah! A whole new me.
That is not what happened. Transformation is a slow, sometimes painful, on-going process. The difference is this process lasts; it cannot easily be undone or washed away. Unlike the makeover it did change the person that I was into the person that I am and continues to change me into the person that I am becoming.
I want that change to be noticeable but not so that I look glamorous as I did after the makeover, I want people to see the transformation as a change to becoming more Christ like.
Becoming More Like Christ
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
“With ever increasing glory”; It is a process of being transformed into his image that is always increasing. Our aim as Christians is to be the change that we seek, to reflect the image of Jesus and this should be something that people can see more and more in us. If it stops transforming us then we have stopped seeking transformation. If we are not being transformed then we are conforming. Paul tells the Romans that to be transformed we must renew our minds and not conform to the world, this is a process, and is not something we do just once.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
The world offers any number of fast quick fixes and this makes it harder to explain the transformation that Jesus offers. It is not a quick fix but it is the only permanent fix to a life that is in need of a makeover.