Old House and New Creation
Lynn and I decided that it was time to get a few things done on the house. This was mainly because the soffits had fallen down enough where every bird in the neighborhood had moved in and built nests. Their singing was so loud that it sounded like they were right on top of us, because they were right on top of us. Carlos, the guy we found to do the work, was also a house painter, so then we decided to get the house exterior painted while we were at it. But it wouldn’t stop there. Before it could be painted, the house needed a good power-washing, and if we’re going to do that, we might as well do the fence and the shed. And the drop ceiling in the extra room needed work, so Carlos took it down to replace it with drywall... because he is also a drywall guy. But then he found a couple of active leaks in the roof, so now we’re looking at getting some major work done on our roof. (Update: We’re having to replace the whole ceiling including the rafter2!) What started out as “getting a few things done on the house” has begun to feel like we’re jacking the chimney up and sliding a new house under it!
That’s the way it is with God. Sometimes we come before God knowing that we really need to work on some things. We have a few things that we would like to improve. Maybe our temper gets away from us sometimes. Maybe we need to work a little less and spend a little more time with the family. Maybe our spending habits have dug a hole for us that we need God to raise us out of. Maybe we are practically perfect in every way and can’t think of anything at all we really need to work on... except maybe that pride thing. Whatever it is, we sincerely ask God to fix that one thing that is broken.
But God doesn’t really do that kind of thing. Not really. He doesn’t just fix the things that we know are broken; he wants to come into our house and make everything new. He is not satisfied to throw a coat of paint on the rough edges of our lives; He wants to rebuild us from the inside out and make us brand new. And just like we can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs, God can’t remake us in his likeness without a painful process of growth and change. But that is what He insists on doing for us and in us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
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