“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” ~Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
You have, no doubt, heard others say:
I think there is a great amount of wisdom in that knowledge.
While living in North Carolina, we had some next-door neighbors move into a house that had been sitting empty for a good while. They bought the house and began a huge restoration project. As it was, the house wasn’t much to look at. The inside needed a great deal of refurbishing, from years of neglect. But they knew exactly what they wanted to do with the house and had great expectations as to what it would look like when the project was completed. We had a chance to see what the inside looked like when it was about 90% completed. What a change they had produced with all their efforts!
I imagine God to have the same vision of us in our condition. Our lives are so messed up from so many years of neglect we can’t even imagine the change that He can bring about with a little remodeling of the heart.
He would probably start with the removal of the hurt and replace it with His grace. Anger would be eliminated and in its place we would find joy and peace. It might require some tearing out of the old notions and ways of living. It’s not always just good enough to paint something over, it has to be replaced. And, so, He goes about the process of removing and ripping out the old and replacing with the new.
All of this to say that at those times when we experience discomfort in our lives, it might just be that something within us is undergoing a divine refurbishment. Renovating the heart will not always be pleasant. But, the results will amaze you. When it’s done, we would almost not be recognizable from our old self. God works that way, you know.
This morning offering to is for you to believe that God has great aspirations for you: He sees you as a completed restoration project, and it won’t stop until it is realized.
Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.
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