I actually love watching home renovation or improvement shows on television. You know, those shows where a designer and the team descend on someone’s home and re-do a room or bathroom or yard. One show I particularly I enjoy is where the designer approaches unsuspecting shoppers at a home improvement store and tries to convince them to let them go to their house and make-over a room. What is fascinating to me is watching the designer completely transform the space. Their eye for detail and color and placement, even in the simplest accessories, has dramatic effect in creating just the look and feel they (or the homeowner) wanted. Some years back there was a show where the design team took on an entire house renovation for a particularly needy family. In fact, what they actually did was to demolish completely the old house and rebuild – in a week – an entirely new house. I mean they started from the ground up with new construction, new design, new furniture; everything was completely replaced bigger and better than before! You can imagine the effect it had on the family to see a brand new house sitting on the lot of their previously broken-down home. To say they were thrilled is an understatement.
The Bible tells us that God does a total makeover – spiritually, not physically – in our lives when we turn our hearts, our “home”, to Him. Listen to what Paul says to the Corinthian church.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
What we need to grasp here is the “new creation” part. God did not make you a “better” you but a NEW you. He didn’t simply tweak your personality or adjust some attitudes; He tore down the walls of your old life. He didn’t leave two sticks standing together. All the old, worn out, decrepit, broken rooms of our hearts were demolished. There was nothing there for Him to work with. Instead He created a whole new you. One designed to reflect His plan and purpose for you. One built to reflect His glory in your life. So why do we cling to our old life? Why do we insist that were weren’t so bad? Why do we resist His rebuilding our lives?
The promise of new creation means I am not stuck with my brokenness. New life means I don’t have to keep re-living my faults, giving in to sin, hopelessly working at self-improvement. It means I can be free and I AM free. It means we can approach our Great Rebuilder and say, “Father, would you please take away this malfunctioning heart and give me a new one?” But first it takes acknowledging that what we are doing isn’t working. Stop trying to hold your life together with duct tape, plugging the leaks with chewing gum. We do not have the tools to fix ourselves. We need a complete heart makeover. Ask Him. Just ask Him. Then let Him do the work. It isn’t always easy having parts of our lives torn down. The process of rebuilding can seem messy, piecemeal and interminable, but give yourself to the process. Trust that He knows what He is doing, in the right order at the right time. You see, He already knows what He wants you to look like. He wants you to look like Christ.