“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” ~Colossians 3:12-14
I sometimes watch those makeover shows where a team of classy professional Manhattanites rescue some dowdy, meek, unsuspecting lady and show her how amazing she could look if she had a personal shopper, stylist, and an extra $5,000 dollars. There are usually always underlying emotional issues that this lucky person is forced to work out on national television which is then followed by crying, hugs, and magical reveals. The stylists promise that the key to fulfillment can be found in better hair color and a timeless coat.
I have a love/hate relationship with these shows.
I love them for the same reason you do, probably. I love watching the change. But I also hate them. I hate them because deep down I recognize that they are selling a lie. Namely: how you look on the outside is what matters most.
Now before you get defensive because you feel like I’m poo poo’ing your favorite makeover shows I want you to know that I get it. I get that taking care of yourself is a good thing and maintaining a healthy body is a way to honor God. I’m not saying stop showering. But I am saying that if a woman wearing a fantastic pair of boots, a cute skirt, and perfect leather bag cusses me out in a crowded parking lot- I tend to not care what she is wearing. The appearance is nothing compared to what is going on in someone’s heart.
And thankfully, that is what God actually cares about. In 1 Samuel 16:7 it says, “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
I love that a life spent following Jesus is essentially a makeover show for the heart. And I don’t know about you but my heart is always in need of his “styling”. Eh? eh? Get it?
I made this illustration because I wanted to have this verse in my line of sight when I get dressed in this morning. As I put on my clothes that I would similarly “clothe” myself with the character traits God cares about. That I would spend more time thinking about how my character represents His reality in my life (and less time about what I’m going to wear.)
Side note: I would love to see an episode of the Jesus makeover show! The glittery before and after picture of someone with more compassion! Ghasps from friends and family as they marvel at the extraordinary gentleness! The twirling around of a heart that has been refined to be more kind and patient.
Somehow I doubt this show would be on Bravo.