Looks can be deceiving.

You probably saw that picture with my son and grandson at the lake, read my opening comments and assumed that fishing was what we did when the kids were young. You had no reason not to.

It’s like that when we first meet people and it stays that way if we don’t pursue a relationship with them. We must spend time with them and share our lives to get to know their hobbies and their history.

My favorite show on HGTV is Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna are fun to watch and they’re really good at what they do. They’ve got lots of experience refurbishing properties that need work.  They KNOW houses, you might say, because they spend time rebuilding them. But what’s really interesting is that they can take one look at a house and know something of the value of that house, no matter how torn down it might look to you and me.

(And by the way, the Gaines’ are committed believers in Jesus. In case you didn’t know. :))

Metaphorically speaking, I am reminded that you and I are also properties with potential. Jesus saw value in us when we were nothing but dated wallpaper, cracked foundations, unkempt landscape and such. He smiled and bought us at the price of redemption. The cost was his own human life given for us.

First he comes to you and says, “I’d like to get to know you. Can we hang out for a while? Once we get to know each other, I’ve got some really good plans that will help you reach your fullest potential.” (Jer 29:11)

He provides all the materials for reconstruction. And he’s a full time resident with a work permit. He simply asks that we give him a willing heart. Can you imagine the “carpenter from Galilee” as he guts room after room and remakes every square foot of living space with cozy designs, colors, lighting and furniture?

I hope your summer has a few construction projects that you and God are working on. After all, if the Holy Spirit comes knocking with something he’d like to “rebuild” in you, yielding to his plans is the best option.

You and I are “fixer uppers” and God has a master blueprint to renovate and recreate in ways that you can’t even imagine. We are destined to be dwelling places that are “fit for the King!” I can’t wait to see the finished project. How about you?

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT

Have a great July!


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