Back in the seventies a large furniture chain went through a major overhaul in store layout, inventory, pricing structure, payment plans, and so on.  They launched a national advertising campaign to promote the difference: “If you haven’t been to Levitz lately, you haven’t been to Levitz.”

The point was that if your impression of their store was based on something you had seen a couple of years ago, you need to come in and get reacquainted, because it’s not the same old place.  Everything is new.

This can be true for those who walk with Jesus: If you haven’t seen me lately, you haven’t really seen me at all, because God is doing something new in my life.

It can also be true about churches experiencing spiritual renewal: If you haven’t seen our church lately, you haven’t seen our church … because God is doing something new here.  Creating new lives.  Changing hearts.  Restoring relationships.  Opening doors.  It’s not the same place it used to be.

God promised this kind of transformation for his people through the prophet Ezekiel: I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (Ezekiel 36:26)

Maybe you’re not proud of who you used to be.  Many of us feel the same way about ourselves.  But thanks to God’s grace, we can say, “If you haven’t seen me lately, you haven’t seen me.”

Can you look back and see the transformation today?  If not (or if not enough), know that he’s committed to continuing the process of transformation in you, with a new heart, and a new spirit, building for you a new future.