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A New Body!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Philippians 3:20-21

"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body."

It should come as no great surprise that many people have a preoccupation with the way they look. Health clubs seem to spring up overnight to provide body shaping and toning. The commercial breaks on television seem to be dominated with this or that program to easily drop those unwanted pounds.

Not content with diet and exercise programs, we are bombarded with appeals to have cosmetic surgery done in order to make you look years younger. Jumping right on the bandwagon are the clothing designers who can provide a new wardrobe (for a huge expense) that will give you that youthful appearance.

Perhaps I tend to be a little cynical in my views since I am years over the age where I could benefit from anything to make me look younger. I am also many pounds over the recommended weight for my height. Let me see---as I figure it, my height/weight ratio would be excellent if I were nine feet tall! Forget it!

Here is a news flash! As I have mentioned before, these bodies are destined to decay and die. It makes no difference how young we may look---we are on a one-way street from the cradle to the grave! That is why it is so sad that people use physical appearance as the criteria for choosing a marriage partner. When inner beauty and Christian character are the determining factors, measuring rod, growing older with your sweetheart gets better and better.

The Apostle Paul is writing to the church at Phillipi in today's Scripture. He wants them, as well as us, to realize that we have a bright hope in store for us. These old bodies are going to be renewed. Crippled limbs will be made whole. Clouded minds will have perfect knowledge. Blinded eyes will be open. Voices that cannot carry a tune will be able to sing like the angels.

Perhaps the thing I want to impart today is this: We have a new body waiting for us! It will be one that has been designed by the Lord and it will be absolutely flawless. They will be patterned after the Lord's own glorious body. It will be a grand and glorious day when we stand in His presence with that new glorified body, clothed in His righteousness. Oh how wonderful it will be to praise Him without any defect! I can hardly wait!

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil


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