I love, love, love watching home improvement shows. I enjoy watching homeowners or contractors demolish the rooms they are going to be working on. They rip out cabinets; tear through walls; break up floors and counter tops. Sometimes they keep items if they are in good conditions and donate them or reuse them. But when the camera spans the rooms after the demolition is done all you see is empty spaces that are framed out and sometimes it’s hard to determine where the new rooms are going to be.
Then the magic happens. The exterior of the home is painted and landscaping goes in. The walls are put over the framing in the interior and you start to see what the kitchen, bathroom, living room, family room, basement will look like. After the walls comes the fun of decorating the rooms. Colors are picked. Furniture is purchased or made. Accessories are put in place and the room comes together. And then the big reveal happens. It is always hard for me to remember what the home looked like before the renovations were completed because the homes always look so different. Aesthetically they are better and most times the the wiring and plumbing have been updated to help them function better as well. And the homeowners are ecstatic.
This is what God does to us on a daily basis. From the day we accepted Jesus as our savior He has been demolishing parts of our character that don’t reflect the true beauty of who we are. But unlike a home renovation that has a limited budget and time frame God has unlimited time to work on us bit by bit. Everyday we wake up is another opportunity for God to show us something about ourselves that we may feel makes us who we are but they really don’t. For instance I’ve heard plenty of people say “I tell it like it is and if you don’t like you don’t have to listen to it” or “I’ve always been this way and nothing is going to change me”. Well as a child of God those statements shouldn’t be a part of our vocabulary.
First of all change is a part of life. That’s how God designed it. Each year we change seasons from winter into spring into summer into fall and then we start the process all over again. God understands that it’s important for the earth to change so that it can continue becoming what it’s supposed to be. A place of beauty to be enjoyed and treasured. Butterflies don’t start out as butterflies. They start out as caterpillars and they go through several stages of metamorphosis to change into the beautiful butterflies we see. If God created the world and caterpillars to go through changes and they were not created for fellowship with Him why would we think it’s ok for us to stay the way we were before we came to Jesus?
Second of all not allowing change keeps our growth stunted. Picture this. You’re walking down the street and you see an adult sucking on a pacifier. I don’t know about you but if I saw that I would like there’s something not quite right with that person. They clearly still think they are a child and are acting as such. Well, it’s the same way with our spiritual growth. As we grow the things that affected us before shouldn’t affect us or they should’t affect us in the same way. For example if we used to go tit for tat with someone when they made me us mad as new Christians and 10 years in we still go tit for tat where is our growth? I’m not saying we won’t feel the desire to do that but as we grow we should be able to look at the big picture and realize that it’s not important to prove anything to anyone. Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord (Deuteronomy 32:35) and if we believe that we should allow Him to fight our battles. We are called to bring our concerns to Jesus in prayer not bring our concerns to our friends through words of anger.
Being under construction is not a bad thing. As with a home that undergoes renovations the internal parts of us are being torn down with the best parts of us re-purposed. God re-frames our structures. Fixes our plumbing and wiring. Puts up walls, furniture, fixtures and accessories. Repaints our exteriors and puts up landscaping all with the purpose of making us into something that is similar but better than what we used to be.