Friday, October 5th, 2012
The Transformers (Part 1)
Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Philippians 3:21 (NKJV)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
Cosmetics, clothing, college, diets, fitness, plastic surgery, and even Spanx are all about transformation. We want to look better, feel better, and do better than where we are right now.
But manmade transformations are Band-Aids. Cosmetics wash off. Clothing wears out. Wisdom can't be bought. Diets mislead. Sound bodies don't equal sound minds. Plastic surgery is only skin-deep. And Spanx? They're a great item, but peeling them off is necessary.
Arts and entertainment focus on transformation, too. Through sights and sounds, our minds are transported to a different set of circumstances for a few hours. Or more than a few. The average teen spends 53 hours a week online (Kaiser Family Foundation).
Through media, our imaginations visit thousands of places. But if the places are bad or the truth is twisted, is it helpful? Surely not. Because hearts can be darkened, minds can be tainted, and eyes can be blinded. Media seeps into our souls.
Here's the thing: physical transformations are temporary. The unhappiness, unhealthiness, or striving they attempt to fix will not last. Every one of them will fail. Sooner or later, even the most successful earthly transformation will hit the desperate emptiness of a troubled spirit.
'For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal' (2 Corinthians 4:18).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Transformers series.