Chapel Hill church of Christ
"... the churches of Christ salute you."

                                                                                                          ~Romans 16:16

"Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls."  ~Jeremiah 6:16
234 Chapel Drive
Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-1494

Search the Scriptures

“they searched the scriptures daily, whether these things were so”

                                   ~Acts 17:11

Build A Better You

by: Jonathan McAnulty

People of a certain age, we won’t say which age, will remember the tag line of the TV show,
The Six Million Dollar Man. It was repeated at the opening of every episode: “Gentleman, we
can rebuild him… Better, Stronger, Faster.”

The dream of rebuilding a man, recreating him with new, improved attributes, is a staple of
fantasy and science fiction. The concept is at the heart of many super-hero movies, and there is
an entire genre of noir fiction built around the theme of cybernetic enhancement. The idea has
appeal: you can take the body you have and with a few simple procedures, make yourself better
than you were before in some way, or if not better, then at least different.

People like the idea that they can change who they are. Body modifications, whether it be
tattoos or piercings, are somewhat of a reflection of this desire, and people have been doing such
things to themselves for a long, long time. It may not be bionics, cybernetics or super-powers,
but it is a declaration of self-control and self-expression.

Most people are also aware that their mortal bodies are subject to various weaknesses, not the
least of which is decay. It would be nice to have a body that doesn’t break, doesn’t wear out (or
at least can easily have parts swapped out), and which doesn’t die.

One of the promises of the Bible is just this: a new, better body. Indeed, the hope of a bodily
resurrection is central to the promises of Christ. Speaking of the body, using the metaphor of a
home, the apostle Paul famously wrote: “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is
destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
(2 Corinthians 5:1; ESV)

Concerning this new body, we don’t have all the details. In fact, the Biblical writers say as 
much: “ Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2;

ESV) What we are promised by God is that it is going to be a better body: spiritual, immortal,
incorruptible, powerful and glorious (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

So what does it take to become this better you? What does it take to upgrade from one body
to another?

In science fiction stories and the like, such a transformation often involves surgery, or pills,
or cosmic radiation. In reality, God promises a better you through self-control, faith, and
obedience to His commands. John, having declared that we are going to be like Christ when He
appears, comments that “everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as He is pure.”
(1 John 3:3) Paul, writing about the certainty of the resurrection, concludes, “Therefore, my
beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing
that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58; ESV)

The process to build a better you is not a process which is going to happen apart from your
participation. We read in the Scriptures: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of
God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your
spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your
mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and
perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2; ESV)

Such wording makes it clear that our salvation is a choice. We have to make the choice that
we want to be better than we are. Having made that choice, we must then choose to give
ourselves to God, fully and completely, which is what is meant by a living sacrifice. You can’t
hold back bits and pieces from His control and expect the results He promises from a full
commitment. Having made this commitment, we choose to furthermore do His will in our lives,

obediently, continually and faithfully. And as we obey in full sincerity, we will find ourselves
being transformed inwardly.

In His grace and mercy, God promises that those who follow this path will reap rewards in
this life, and even more in the life to come. (cf. Mark 10:30; 1 Timothy 4:8)
Christ can build a better you. God can remake you… Better, Spiritually Stronger, Eternal and
Immortal. Whether He does so is entirely up to you, and your willingness to give yourself into
His hands.

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Search the scriptures; hold accountable those who presume to tell you what God wants. Be sure their words are identical with the words God has recorded for us in His Word. The church of Christ continues to stress Bible study, so honest seekers can gain a thorough knowledge of the Word. If you want to begin your study of the Bible, or to deepen your knowledge of God’s Word, contact the church for the many avenues the church provides for Bible study. Use our "E-mail Us" page above; phone 446-1494, or write to 234 Chapel Drive, Gallipolis OH 45631.

This page was last updated: 4/20/18