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Changing the Inside

My favorite football team is the Denver Broncos. I have been a fan for a long time. It all  probably started when I was in middle school. I have seen good times and bad times. The last few years would be some of those bad times. I thought we had something going last year only to falter at the end. O well, there is always next year. I hope those in charge are trying to help us get better, but what my team is talking about today is jerseys. Yes, those things they wear on game days. We have new ones for the first time in like twenty-five years. It can be exciting to get new uniforms and will probably make the team a lot of money, but what is that going to do for us if we cannot win ball games? Are we going to say, “Well, at least we looked good losing”? I see a principle at play here that I see in our world. It is easier to fix the outside versus the inside.


It is easier to get new clothes or a different car than to produce the fruit of the spirit in my life. It is easier to have surgery to “fix” something than to cleanse the sinful things from my heart. It is easier to shave, get a hair cut, or put on make-up than to change to become Christ-like. So often our world is concerned about the outward and not the inward. You see it on magazine covers. The magazines that sell are the ones with people with the best body or face, not the ones with the greatest character. The internet and especially social media are concerned with the perfect picture or video. Ever wonder how long or how many times it took them to get that picture or video? Here we are, sitting in our imperfect worlds, envying the fake reality of social media. As Christians let us be more concerned with putting off the old self and putting on the new self (Ephesians 4:22-24). That is trying to look more like Jesus.


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