Monday, March 18, 2013

Extreme Makeover

We have all seen the television shows which boast of an “Extreme Makeover.”  Some shows makeover houses while others makeover people.  You know what I’m talking about, they get new clothes, new hair, new nose, new lips, new chin, or other parts, and they call it a makeover.  I remember the old mountain man who brought his family to ‘town’ for the first time. They were overwhelmed by the skyscraper so they all scattered, but dad was enamored with the magic door that would open, people would get on, the door would close, and the in a little while people who looked different would get off.  Finally, the mountain man saw an elderly lady on a walker go in the room (we know this room is an elevator) and when the doors opened five minutes later, a very young & very attractive lady walked out.  The man began earnest to look around & turned to his oldest son and said, “Boy, go get your mom!!”
When I think about the ‘makeovers’ I am reminded of what my mom told me, “Son, beauty is skin deep while ugly is to the bone.”  We can dress us the outside, but the inside remains the same.
In 2 Kings, a warrior name Naaman had leprosy.  Leprosy causes you to lose feeling in your extremities.  Leprosy is to the body what sin is to the soul. Sin causes you to lose your feeling so you lose your sense of guilt and shame.
Naaman was told to dip 7 times in the Jordan River and be made clean.   Only when he did exactly what God told him to, was he healed.  The entire process shows that Naaman had to hear personal counsel, humble himself, and then be healed.
God is in the business of doing ‘extreme makeovers.’  To every person God says, “Your cleansing is found by dipping in the forgiving blood of Jesus Christ.”  The Bible says, “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin.”  Through the sacrificial blood of Jesus – an extreme makeover is not only possible, it is certain. 
Bro. Jerry Watts
Bro. Jerry Watts
(Checkout Pastor Jerry’s web site @ for his book entitled
“Words Of Warning”
"And They Were Called Christians"

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