Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015 “The Master Renovator”

 “…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Good Morning Everyone! This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

In the last couple of years, television viewers have discovered  a veritable cornucopia of shows that focus on home renovation. One of these shows focuses on couples whose existing home is currently unsuitable in its present condition. While they are exploring new housing possibilities, their existing home is extensively renovated. At the conclusion of the show, they must decide whether to move into a new home or stay in their freshly-renovated current home, now much more inhabitable and suitable to their needs. From time to time in the course of the show, the couple whose house is being renovated are appalled by what they see happening while it is being renovated, unable to imagine the finished product. Almost always, however, when the renovations are completed, the couple is amazed by the transformation of the house they have lived in for years, and they quite often decide that with those renovations, there is no need to vacate that home for another.

As I watch those transformations take place, it reminds me of the transformation the Lord performs in the “house” where he desires to dwell…that being you and me. In his classic book, “Mere Christianity”, author C.S. Lewis describes God’s renovation program vividly. He wrote,

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

Just as a skilled and imaginative home renovator can transform an existing facility into something much more functional and beautiful, the Lord, who is the “Master Renovator”, will transform our lives completely, leaving no detail undone, for he is, as Lewis noted, “building a palace” fit for royalty, for it is his intent to dwell therein. Trust in the “Master Renovator.” When he has done his work, I guarantee that you’ll love it. Let’s pray!

Awesome Lord; The beauty of your holiness is breathtaking… Your power and majesty  staggering… You love and mercy overwhelming. Dwell in my heart, O Lord. Transform me without and within, I pray, in Jesus’ blessed Name. Amen!

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