Sharon and I have taken on the challenge of renovating and ‘flipping’ a home. We are only three days and it has been a deconstruction marathon. All the panelling, ceiling tiles, rubber under pad are gone from the basement. To my surprise I also found three subfloors in the kitchen. We are almost ready for drywall and paint!
It reminds me of our spiritual renovation that is always ongoing as well. Sometimes we try to do our best to cover up our lives, put a new finish on and it only lasts for so long. The only way to a real heart renovation is to strip away and get to the root longings in our lives.
Titus 3:3 Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. 4 But—
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
Before you can get approval for a mortgage on a house, a thorough inspection needs to take place and the value of the home is assessed. The assessment on the house we purchased was done and all its ugly warts were exposed. We knew what we were getting into, both eyes wide open and made the commitment to the overhaul!
The reality with us is that we were all foolish, we have all made stupid decisions, we all have been misled or misled others and the Bible spoke of haters long before ‘haters gonna hate’ became a catch phrase. The bottom line is that our lives were ugly and we were in need of a major renovation! The great news is that God made the commitment. He said I’m committed to you! ‘while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!’ Romans 5:8
Here’s the revelation, ‘it has nothing to do with your ability to win God’s love!’ There is nothing that you could ever do to make yourself acceptable or presentable to God for that matter. Our righteous acts are like filthy rags as Isaiah 64:6 states. We have left an achieving system and moved to a receiving one. He has made the investment, purchased with a great price. 1 Corinthians 6:19,20. We are living houses of God…actually temples in which His Spirit dwells! He wants His house to shine and bring glory to Himself.
It is a new birth, new life through the outpouring of His Holy Spirit. The word here for new birth actually means a ‘spiritual renovation’ that stresses ‘the inception of a new state of things in contrast with the old.’ Forerunner Commentary
I am so excited about the opportunity to see this house completely turned around and looking like a million bucks…well ok, not quite. I fully anticipate seeing this place transformed with amazing curb appeal and an irresistible draw once you walk in. We have a long way to go still and a lot of hours of labour and elbow grease, but I know it is so worth it.
We are worth it. God already declared us righteous, purchased our transformation and won’t let us stay where we are. He wants absolute transformation as well and He will continue to shape our lives and change us to look more like His Son! Philippians 3:10