A homeowner was trying to sell a home he owned. Unfortunately, vandals had broken in and decimated the house. Doors were busted, windows shattered, and drywall was ripped apart. They had even busted pipes and ripped wiring out of the wall. The house was a complete disaster and to top it all off, the foundation had structural problems. The condition of the house was scaring away buyer after buyer.
One day, the homeowner brought in another prospective buyer. Clearly running out of options, he made a desperate offer. The realtor offered to replace all the broken windows, doors, and clean out all the garbage. The buyer responded, “I’ll take it, but forget about the repairs. I don’t want the building; I want the site. I’ll even pay above your asking price. See, I can turn this place into something wonderful. Once I’m done with it, this place will be a mansion.”
Home renovations are fascinating. The way some people are able to transform a property is incredible. However, no renovation can come anywhere close to the renovation talked about in Scripture. It is by far the ultimate renovation.
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf…Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 17).
We are the ultimate renovation. See, at one time we were rotten, stained, and tainted. We were broken and worthless. Our foundations were in terrible shame. Thankfully, God saw the value in us and bought us (1 Corinthians 6:20). He tore down the old disgusting and sinful home we had made for ourselves. He gave us a new foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11). He then transformed us into something wonderful (Acts 2:38).
How awesome it is to be a Christian! We no longer have to live in the old dump of our past selves. We have been renovated, transformed, and are better than ever. Let’s never forget about the pitiful state we were in, and let’s praise God for giving us a new life in Him!