‘I can’t wait till the renovations are over’
At home we are gearing up to start doing some renovations next month, and we expect that the end result will be good … but that the process will be a bit painful! We won’t have a proper kitchen to use for some weeks and I’m sure there will be a lot of dust, dirt, noise, and maybe mud. However, we will be willing to put up with it (we think) because of the expected gains. It’s what lies at the end that gives the perseverance now….
In some ways the Christian life is like that, for we are a ‘renovation project’ that God is doing. First, the old ‘house’ has been demolished: we are “a new creation” in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17); the new age has begun in us. So we are no longer truly members of this age/world, but are citizens of heaven … and our real home calls to us.
The even better news is that God will complete his ‘renovation’ of us. Have you ever seen a half-finished house that has sat neglected for years? It’s a sad and depressing sight—but that will not happen to any of Christ’s true followers. Here is the wonderful assurance and confidence that every Christian can and should have— “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
So all this means that our lives are ‘going somewhere’: we have a goal, a destiny and a purpose. You are not ultimately ‘just average’, because God has done, is doing, and will do an amazing work in you.
The result for life now for you and me should be that we are encouraged to live for Jesus today, because by the Spirit, he and his Father are continuing to transform us into the likeness of Christ. Just like with home renovations, life here-and-now can be ‘messy’, but keep ‘working with God’ on the renovation project (i.e. keep living the life of discipleship), and eternal results will come.
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