So often we are pushed and put under pressure to conform and change to the standards of the world so that we can become socially acceptable. Everyday we are bombarded with commercials as to what is popular and current trends that seek to change who we are by dressing up our outward appearance. It seems that the vanity of the world we live in has no boundaries in that today you can actually recreate yourself outwardly without limit. Many are always seeking to change their outward appearance using makeup to hide blemishes, a new haircut to gain self esteem, a pedicure to feel pampered, a new wardrobe to make you feel confident and if you really hate yourself you can even get a sex change. Anything and everything is allowed as long as you can pay for it, so that your outward appearance is as you want it to be. I am reminded of the talented young man Michael Jackson and all the transformations he put his face through. He was so dissatisfied with himself that his final days were dark and drug filled leading to his death. Bruce Jenner the Olympic gold medalist of recent fame is another extreme example of a person changing his outward appearance to become Caitlyn Marie Jenner. There are untold thousands maybe even millions of people who like these two examples are dissatisfied with who they are or how they look. Billions of dollars are spent yearly by people all over the world in an effort to make themselves more popular, more socially acceptable, but in all their efforts to change themselves it is never quite enough. This is the sad truth that no matter how much effort we put to changing our outward appearance, we remain unchanged inside ourselves.
The good news is that there is a way that changes you from the inside out that totally transforms you into all you can be. It is such a powerful transformation that there can be no other term to describe it other than ” Being Born Again “. This good news is from our creator God who formed us in his image to reflect his character and goodness. The main ingredient for this type of transformation is unadulterated pure “LOVE” from the very heart of God himself. This type of transformation is radical, but it costs nothing in dollars and is free to all who desire it. Don’t get me wrong in that I said it’s free, it is costly in that one person gave his life so that everyone in the world could have an opportunity to under go this “Born Again” transformation. So for you and me it has been gifted to us by our creator God who so loved mankind that even after we had fallen from his presence because of our sinful nature, sought a divine plan to restore us and make us whole again.
There are so many of us that have sought to satisfy that inner emptiness by materialistic gains that bring us only momentary happiness, or we are so dissatisfied with who we are that we spend all our energies and money transforming our outward appearance only to be left unfulfilled. That is why God in his ultimate wisdom knew our needs and commissioned a plan to set us free from all the empty promises of a fallen world. His plan was so radical that even the principalities and powers were unable to contemplate the awesome depth of our creator’s love towards us. For had they known the power that was released to set captives free, they would never have crucified the son of God Jesus. It is in this person, the son of the living God and our relationship to him, that holds such radical power that is able to transform the worst dredges of mankind among us into new creations full of light.
So for over two thousand years the call has gone out into the world for all those who are heavy laden to lift up their heads and look to the one Jesus who is able to transform you totally from the inside out. If only we all had the courage to call on the name of Jesus and seek him with all our hearts. Christ Jesus would then take us by the hand and would begin a work in us, that its final product would be such a radical transformation from our old self that only the description of “Born Again” can suffice. He begins when we truly call on him from our broken hearts as he washes away the burdens of our sins and failures and fills us with his Spirit. And as we learn about him from studying the scriptures He endows us with the baptism of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to understand who we are in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Christ Jesus we are seated at the right hand of Almighty God far above all principalities and powers that would seek to destroy us. Once we accept Christ as our savior, our life long journey begins to unfold and as we study to show ourselves approved, the very words found in the bible begin to transform our minds and hearts as revelation after revelation is revealed unto us of who Jesus our savior is and his ability to reveal the very person of God unto us. This very knowledge of who we are in Christ Jesus once fully understood, so radically transforms us from the inside out that we then are able to take on the character of our risen lord so that we become more than conquerors through Christ who strengthens us.
So if you are dissatisfied with life in any measure, if all your efforts to transform your appearance has left you wanting, tired of the dog eat dog world of ruthlessness, the endless compromise needed just to function in this fallen world, then my dear friend I sincerely urge to try that free gift of Christ Jesus who is truly able to transform you into and overcoming child of the living God. Yes, it may seem foolishness to the unregenerate mind and heart of man, but if all your mighty efforts and continuous striving has not fully meet your expectations and has left you just as miserable as when you started, then my friend we must ask the question. “If I have sought with all my strength and resources to satisfy my soul by seeking the world and all it’s promises and have yet to find my peace and satisfaction, is it not time to try something new?” Dear friend, what have you got to lose since you have been searching for that one thing that will quench your thirst and fill you with personal satisfaction and have not found it! Why then don’t you try a true remedy from the hand of God himself who created us in his image. Reach out to Jesus. Call on him today and seek him with all your heart, for all who lay hold of Christ are truly transformed from the inside out and are able to be satisfied in whatever condition they find themselves in, simply because they have known God and have found their true identity in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My prayer is that multitudes of people who have been looking for life’s answers would be moved by the Spirit of God to turn to Jesus in prayer and repentance. That God would so move you that even now as you read these words the Spirit of God would so touch you in a special way that you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that He is seeking you. All I have to offer you is my testimony of what God has done for me in Christ Jesus and though I may be moved to tears in your behalf, as I petition God for your salvation only you and your willingness can open the door to your heart to Jesus. He is touching you now dear friend, resist him not and go to him as you are and He will not disappoint you, but will take you into a life long journey of great expectations and a life totally transformed by light.
Written by Daniel F. Zepeda Sr.