by Ed Rowell

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Extreme Makeover: Looking More Like Jesus
Ed Rowell
Galatians 5:1-15
September 12, 2004

Series Intro
While before and after shots from "Extreme Makeover" are being shown.

Sometimes you get a makeover that doesn't go as planned. Take a look at this one.

If you've ever seen this show, you know how touching it is. The folks who are featured on the show have usually suffered tremendous hardship because of their appearance. They've been ridiculed, avoided and rejected for most of their lives.

These people receive more than just superficial help. They undergo treatment from plastic surgeons, eye surgeons, cosmetic dentists, dermatologists, hair and makeup artists, stylists, and personal trainers. There's a lot of pain involved. They are usually separated from their families for 6-8 weeks while the transformation takes place. Why would they do it? Because they would do anything to change their appearance. They yearn for transformation.

And when the person finally gets to see themselves in the mirror after all the surgeries, all the pain and suffering--they almost always begin to sob. The face that they've hated is gone, and reflected back to them is the face they've always wished for. The experience of transformation is powerful. When their friends see them, they can't even believe it's the same person.

As you can imagine, the show is swamped by applicants, all of whom desperately yearn to be transformed. They apply to the show because they have seen the results and know if they get selected, transformation will happen.

Transformation is supposed to be normative for the church as well. Not from the outside in--not in our appearance, but from the inside out, our character.

Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform any longer 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."

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