The celebrity media is all abuzz these days about the wrinkle-free face of 47 year-old Demi Moore. I shouldn’t know this, but I do. Not that I read the tabloids or anything. I just see the headlines about it when I go online to check the day’s news.
Today I learned from them that Demi’s husband, a toddler named Ashton, has reaffirmed that her youthfulness is genetic not synthetic, and that they’re planning to have a baby. As I pondered the accompanying photo (and the tag line that promised an entire slide show of them) it occurred to me that the paparazzi would really have had a heyday with Sarah.
Not Sarah as in Jessica Parker, or Palin, but Sarah as in the wife of Abraham.
Talk about a sizzling senior citizen! Sarah was still turning heads and getting pregnant at 90.
As a mercy to my husband, I’ve been working on my “Sarah faith” lately. (The head-turning part not the other part.) I don’t know how I’m doing. I’m pretty sure I’m not in any danger of being hounded by paparazzi yet. Mostly I’m just working on my ability to look in the mirror and—like Smith Wigglesworth said—not be moved by what I see.
To be honest, though, I’m not too concerned about it. One way or another, I’m going to end up looking real good. Even better than Sarah or Demi. I’m certain of it because the Bible promises that when Jesus comes back, the glory of God is going to do for me what no amount of nipping and tucking, no amount of anti-aging cream, no amount of antioxidants could ever do.
When Jesus returns, all of us who belong to Him are going to get an instant, extreme makeover.
First John 3:2 says it this way: “…we can’t even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.” (New Living Testament)
That idea wouldn’t be too exciting if Jesus was still an ordinary-looking person, dusty-footed and sandal-wearing, like He was when He was on earth. But that’s not what He is these days. Far from it. According to the first chapter of Revelation, He shines like the sun, has skin like burnished bronze, eyes like fire, and a voice that thunders like Niagara Falls.
I’ve decided that’s the image I’m going to keep in mind even while I’m working on my Sarah-faith. I’m going to do what Peter said and rest my hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to me at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13). I’m going to look at myself in the mirror every day and remind myself that Jesus is coming soon and when He gets here, I’m going to be looking good!