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The other evening an episode of that TV show, Restaurant Impossible, happened to be on, and I found myself caught up in the drama of the family that was struggling mightily with their failing family business. They had contacted Robert Irvine, the tremendously capable restaurant restoration expert, as the show goes, and he came on the scene. Robert Irvine assessed the weaknesses, mediated the issues of their hearts, and pinpointed the problems that had brought the restaurant to the point of closing down altogether.

After determining if the people involved really wanted to go through his process to turn things around, that they truly wanted to make changes to succeed, he tells them to leave for two days so his team can go to work to completely renovate their business and give them a new beginning. Awesome. Even though Mr. Irvine had to be tough on the people to get to the root of the failings, he was totally enthusiastic to redeem their lives and give them a brand new chance. And all they had to do was trust him and wait. He did the makeover.

So after about fifteen minutes into the episode, I suddenly saw great parallels in this makeover to the new life and start Jesus gives us if we turn our messed up lives over to Him. He can take our human messes and failures to do thing ourselves, and redeem it all to fit God’s original plan for us. Like the restaurant owners, we have to initially recognize our state of mess, make the “call” to the Help, and when He comes to respond, He will listen as we tell Him how we blew it, or why we can’t make things work, and then He, Jesus, our Maker, compassionately tells us to trust Him, as our Restorer, and let Him do the makeover. The difference between the examples, is that Jesus made the change for us on a painful Cross. We only have to ask Him.

On the Restaurant show, the fun part is the end, when Robert brings the family, with their eyes shut, to see the “reveal”…the new life he has fashioned for them in the building. Jesus makes us the reveal…..a new person with the life of God in us….saint possible only in Jesus!

“Therefore if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 2 Corinthians 5: 17 (Amplified Bible)

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