Under the Knife

Celebrity and actress Heidi Montag recently caused a huge media splash by announcing that she had had ten plastic surgery procedures in one ten hour day.

She was already considered one of the most beautiful and desirable women in the entertainment world.  Yet, it wasn’t enough. Her fame needed more exposure.

ABC News reports:

Despite criticism from fans who said she looked like a “Barbie,” Montag said she likes her new look. “I hope I get my own Barbie one day,” Montag said. But she said she doesn’t feel like a Barbie. “I think I just look like a different, improved version of myself,” she said. Montag said she wanted her admirers to know that beauty is on the inside but seemed to realize how her surgeries could undercut that message.

Not surprisingly, her musical CD was entitled, “Superficial.”

Reportedly, Montag’s mother is devastated over her surgeries.  Montag says, “I’m nervous to go home and face her – especially with cameras rolling.”

However, Heidi thinks that she has the right to be happy and enjoy the life that she has been given

All of this brings to mind several matters relating to our spiritual lives.

  • We are created by God in His image, which is the greatest honor man has ever been given (Genesis 1:26).
  • We are all beautiful in our own way. Our bodies differ and some are more visually attractive than others on the outside. Yet, in the end, age levels the playing field and we are left with the quality of our character and soul.
  • If we are corrupt on the inside, we can change everything about our bodies and our souls will still be without God. Cosmetic surgery has no effect on our relationship with God. Sin is like steroids. It may enhance our public image, but it is eating us alive on the inside.
  • Finally, there isn’t a plastic surgery procedure in existence that is as radical as the new birth (John 3:1-5). We become a new person from the inside out. When we become a sanctified child of God, the holiness in our hearts spreads to our entire being (Ephesians 4:1).
  • We become a new creation that has been transformed into someone whose existence is focused on bringing glory to God (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 3:20-21).
  • When we change from the soul outward, we will create a far greater stir than new modeling contracts and adult fare. We will brighten the days of all of those around us by bringing the light of the Lord into their lives. They will see a portion of what we have seen and hopefully they will seek the same path in their lives.

I pray that people will make the most radical transformation today and have their sins washed away in the waters of baptism (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:7). Please, make that change!

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