2012-09: Jesus, The Renovator
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Surprises come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and these past months have contained a few for me, most notably, a surprise renovation to the house in which I live. It happened very unexpectedly and suddenly, and necessitated packing up most of my belongings to allow ceilings to come down and new ones constructed, old floor-coverings out and new flooring in, as well as deliciously, freshly, painted walls. The last few weeks have been rather unique - rather chaotic, very dirty and dusty, and, at times I found myself navigating an obstacle course of tools and building materials - but all culminating in a lovely, brand ‘new’ old house

It has caused me to reflect upon many things, especially how much I value my comfort, a plan, and my routine. It’s also shown me just how much I love and am loved by my family as they have consistently contributed, helped, and supported. I’ve especially enjoyed the time I’ve spent with my parents, conferring and working together.

While preparing a sermon from Revelation recently, I couldn't help but see some similarities in what God was teaching me both personally and presently, as well as Kingdom-wise and eternally. Our Heavenly Father is an avid renovator, and is especially concerned about restoration and relationship for our sake and for His kingdom’s sake. Often-times the renovations He undertakes in our lives cause us to feel mighty uncomfortable.  

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Good news! Our Father is always about restoring and refreshing, but much to our chagrin, before the new can come, some deconstruction of the old was be undertaken. The old must be dealt with. Things can feel chaotic while He’s working on us. We experience a shaking up of our familiar conditions. We feel messy; life in general feels messy. Our ‘dirt’ gets exposed - those things which we’ve kept nicely swept under the rug or boarded up behind cleverly constructed walls. Once we realise Who’s at work and what He’s up to, hopefully we are better able to look forward to something very new in our life, despite the discomfort. Just as I am experiencing with my nice ‘new’ home, the personal renovations He undertakes in our lives produces something fresh, life-giving, and welcoming to us and to others; something that better reflects Him, and increasingly frees us to be who He’s created us to be. The old has been made new. That’s pretty exciting! We don’t always like what we experience during the process, but the outcome is definitely worth it.  

God also has a renovation plan for the world as we know it. Revelation provides a great illustration of the renovation process the earth will experience. King Jesus promises we will experience a glorious new home, one we will enjoy for eternity; one which surpasses them all. It will, however, be preceded by a shaking which will be confronting and uncomfortable. The good news for those who love and know the Lord is that this shaking should not catch us by surprise. Furthermore, we are assured of what He has prepared for us after the ‘deconstruction’ stage. Mansion. New body. No more pain. Or tears. Or poverty. He makes all things new! That sounds grand, doesn’t it?! 
 

Hmmm - renovations - not always comfortable to live through, but lovely to live in! Jesus’ promise is this: “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  John 14:2

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’” Rev 21:3-4

Hallelujah!



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