Ever watch those home improvement shows? Some of my earliest memories are of those shows. As I got older, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition began to take the stage, and it became tradition to watch it with my family. Every Sunday night we had dinner together, the kids cleaned up from dinner, then we all watched our show together.
I think we like those shows because it’s always more than just a building that is involved. The crew shows up and they send away the family. While the family is gone, the crew tears apart everything that the family owns. They break windows and walls and completely gut the house. Then they rebuild the house again, but better.
At the end of the show, the family comes back and sees this new house, and they’re beyond excited. More often than not, tears are involved. Never once have I heard any of them say, “but I missed how the old house was…. It was broken and messed up and I loved it…..” They are always rejoicing in the newness.
Isn’t our walk with God kind of like that? We might not be comfortable with Him ripping down our lives, there are often tears. We hate that part, where we’re torn apart. But if God doesn’t tear us apart, He can’t remodel. We would much rather redecorate than remodel. We like to move things around so that our current situation looks better. Maybe a fresh coat of paint on this mess, or move the couch to that wall to cover the hole. We do this with our sin all the time. We go to church, to feel better about our sin, we repeatedly make the same mistakes, saying “I’ll never do that again” but a week later, we’re in the same place. I believe that is because we just try and redecorate our lives. We don’t want radical change, because that isn’t comfortable. We make just enough changes to feel better about the wrecks that our lives can become.
But Jesus never aimed to redecorate our lives. He was pretty straightforward too. He said “I am the way, the truth and the life. Nobody comes to the Father but through Me.” That doesn’t sound like a paint job and moving the table. That sounds like a complete remodel.
Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Wow. Paul says that the old is dead and gone, because the new has come. Jesus wants to remodel our whole lives! The Gospel should change us entirely!! It’s not just making us look better, making bad good, it’s so much more than the remodel that a house gets, because this remodel makes dead ALIVE.
Jesus will remodel your whole life if you will let Him, and you haven’t really lived at all until you let Him have His way in you. However, just like with the families on those TV shows, you have to get out of the way and let Him do what He wants. You can’t hold on to the parts of life that you like. The remodel won’t be comfortable, there will be pain and tears as you let go of the old, familiarity of your brokenness, but just like those families, as the new begins to be seen in your life, your tears will turn to tears of joy at what Jesus has done with you.
So that leaves the question, will you open yourself up to Jesus and let Him remodel you? Or will you stick with redecorating, trying to put a fresh coat of pain on something that’s really dead?