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The Remodeling Project
Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry…. But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your Creator, Colossians 3:5, 8-10, HCSB.
We have been watching friends of ours transform their home. They bought a fixer-upper a year and a half ago, and as they started pulling up flooring and tearing out drywall, they found they had bought more than they bargained for. Black mold from a years-old leak in the drain in the kitchen; mice nests in ceiling light fixtures; floor joists rotted by termite damage—it seemed every room brought its challenges and frustrations. One room at a time, they worked. They pulled out carpet, smashed down walls, and took many, many trips to the dump to get rid of the “old house smell.” Sometimes, they asked for help and we had the privilege of going and lending a hand for awhile in their project. Sometimes, they were so exhausted; they just laid down on the couches and rested in the midst of the construction. But, they would get up again and go back to the construction.
And what a transformation! They put in a solid footing under the house to make the floors level, and then they installed beautiful wood floors throughout. The clean, new drywall was a perfect canvas for the beautiful colors they chose for their rooms. They stripped the house all the way to the studs and built back beautiful rooms in the place of the old worn ones. Yes, there were times when they were discouraged, but I also remember the moment when my friend turned and looked at me and said, “I have finally caught the vision, and I love our house!”
Oh, that we would get to that point spiritually! After all the work the Master Carpenter, Jesus, is doing in our hearts—tearing out old habits, removing sinful behaviors and replacing them with His character, His love and His teachings. Making our hearts a home fit for the vision He has for us—a beautiful place to dwell with Him while we await our glorious home in heaven. I am so grateful to our friends for allowing us to be a small part of their project, and for allowing us to observe the transformation of their home. My prayer is that we all would catch the vision of what a Godly life looks like and learn to love it, and allow others to help us along the way!
Thought-provoker: Do you love the transformation the Master Carpenter is doing in your heart house? If not, why not?
Lord, thank You for working Your powerful transformation in our hearts! Please help us to love what You are helping us to become and to be happy with holiness today. Amen.