I like make-up. I like a thick, black mascara …
… and I like a deep, red lipstick.
It’s a healthy little pop of drama in the life of someone who has a low tolerance for drama.
For fun tonight, Nikol and I are going to have make-overs by Julie Hewitt.
Her product line is pretty fabulous. Check her out sometime.
Being made over every now again is nice. It’s new. Updated. Fresh. You feel like a million bucks, walking out of that salon, even if it’s just for a fun dinner with the girls.
The greatest make-over we can ever enjoy, of course, is the new life we receive through Christ. I love that the Bible tells us so plainly, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Greek word for “new” in that passage is kainos, and it means fresh, unused, unworn, and better yet, unprecedented! Isn’t that thrilling? When you become reborn in Christ Jesus, you are novel. More uncommon, unmatched, and unparalleled than anything you’ve ever been previously, or anything you could hope to be on your own. Glory to God.
The LORD did some pretty spectacular renewal in the Old Testament, too. Israel? Yeah, they had dropped the ball big time. The nation’s sin and profanation of God’s name was heartbreaking to God (who wouldn’t be, after their antics?), but He still promised good to them: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:26). He pledged their restoration both spiritually (v. 26), and then externally through prosperity (vv. 29-30).
And, on a side note, He is clear that it’s not for Israel’s sake – goodness knows they didn’t deserve His mercy – but for His holy name’s sake (Ezekiel 36:22). I love it when He gets in a jab. In truth, of course. 🙂
So next time you sweep on some of your favorite eye shadow, or purse your lips to spread the glossy goodness, remember God’s goodness in His making us over, one new heart at a time.
P.S. This is Nikol. I hijacked Robyn’s blog post because I know she wouldn’t put this in here. She has an awesome blog herself. Check it out.