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My teddy bear stank. Mom tried to coax me to give it up and let her buy a new one. My stuffed animal’s eyes were missing. One arm was dangling by a thread. The fur was mostly gone. Plus, it smelled so bad people visiting would turn their noses when I walked by. My mother wanted to at least throw my beloved bear into the washer, but feared it would completely disintegrate. I just couldn’t imagine getting a new teddy bear. I was too attached to the one I had.

Fast forward 30 years. Our three-year-old daughter had a little doll she adored. It was made with pink satin and squeaked when you pressed its tummy. The doll went everywhere with her. Eventually it became much worn and even after many trips through the washing machine, it still had an unpleasant odor. One day she lost her doll. Inside I was secretly happy, though I felt bad for her. So I went shopping and found the exact same doll at a store and brought it to her. She wouldn’t accept it. This new doll was not her “pink baby.” (The whole incident reminded me of my stinky teddy bear.)

Did you know that when Jesus comes we will be given new bodies? The Bible says, “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). When Christ comes our old and worn out bodies will be exchanged for brand new, heavenly bodies (see v. 53). What an exciting day that will be!

Toys We Cling To

Can you imagine someone telling God, “No, I don’t want a new body. I want to keep my old body. I’m familiar with it and I like it.” I certainly would never say that! But, what about my heart? Do I cling to things in my spirit that I just won’t let go of—things that are old and stink? We may smile at our children when they cling to old, worn out dolls and stuffed animals, but what toys do we cling to in our hearts?

We should anticipate receiving brand new bodies when Jesus comes. But we do not need to wait to receive a brand new heart. Christ offers us a clean, pure heart right now if we will humble ourselves and receive this gift of grace. This transplant is better than a run through the washing machine or a purchase from a toy shop. Jesus will give us new minds and transform our very natures. No more worn out hearts.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).

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