On any given day, you’re liable to catch me engrossed in an HGTV show. Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Good Bones, Property Brothers, Home Town. Ahhhh I love these shows! It’s probably because I have this weird infatuation with houses. I like gorgeous kitchens and open living rooms. Stunning master bathrooms and beautiful outdoor spaces. I like seeing old rickety houses being turned into works of art.
Sometimes the designers will walk into a house and it’s downright scary. 1970s neon orange and green shag carpeting with brown stains everywhere. Wallpaper that has never been changed and now there is a yellowing over top of the roses. Walls covered with wood paneling circa 1962. And apparently, the house has a putrid smell that assaults their nasal cavities upon entry.
WHO WANTS TO LIVE THERE? #Nobody
In order to make the houses livable, each crew must demolish the house. Knocking down walls. Tearing up carpet. Removing bathroom fixtures. Breaking kitchen cabinets. All of the above. The funny thing is that it gets messier before it gets prettier. Before it looks acceptable it gets torn to shreds and the gunk has to get cleared out.
This is where I’ve been. God has been wrecking my life. Not in the cutesy churchy kind of way. Not the way that people post on Instagram with their Bible open with the perfect caption. Not in the “ouch that kind of stings” way. In the HGTV demolition day kind of way. A complete overhaul. And let me tell y’all- IT HUUUUUURRRRRTTTSSS!!!
He’s been digging up my heart. Ripping up my attitude. Challenging my motives. Removing my doubts and fears and insecurities. To be honest, I got mad at God. I was frustrated that He would rip up so much in me all at the same time. It’s been uncomfortable and I was ready to be done!
As I prayed (more like fussed), God said one thing to me. He said, “I cannot rebuild without first fixing the internal foundation.”
If God tried to build the things He has for me on the foundation that I brought to Him, it would crumble. If He didn’t deal with rejection or competition, or my insecurities, I would ruin everything He’s called me to. It’s vital that we allow God to deal with those things in us that are not like Him because they directly affect what’s to come.
Can you imagine a house builder trying to lay hardwood floors down on 30-year-old carpet? Even more, could you imagine building a 40-ton structure on a foundation with cracks and rot in it? Everything would collapse.
I don’t know about you but I’ve gotten to a point where I’m learning that God knows what He’s doing. God is an expert builder. If our lives are ever to be the manifestation of the plans He has for us, we have to learn to submit to what He’s doing.
So how do we get there? It’s a process called sanctification. Sanctification means to be set apart for special use. God takes His people through a process of purification so that we can be used to the optimum capacity and so He can get optimum glory.
Let’s look at 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
I love this scripture because it reminds me of a few things. First, there is a sanctification process. In Christ, we have one. We all are under construction. We all have a work that the Spirit is doing in our hearts and minds. It’s all part of becoming a new creature. Like I said earlier, God is making us fit to be used by Him.
The second thing to note in this scripture is that sanctification isn’t a partial work. It says He will sanctify us completely. When we’re in the middle of the process, we ought not to abort it. Too often we allow the discomfort of the demolition to cause us to want to completely give up and quit, thus aborting our sanctification process and limiting how we can be used of the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to allow anything keep me from God being able to use me completely and totally. This scripture talks about the sanctification of your whole spirit, soul, and body. You’ve allowed Him to sanctify you in some areas, but have you allowed Him to do the thorough work of your entire self? Partial sanctification equals partial effectiveness.
The third thing I want to point out is that it says that HE will do it. This isn’t something we have to do in and of ourselves. God does the work. Philippians 1:6 says “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.” Paul was SURE that God would do the work. He reiterated himself to the church at Thessalonica by saying that God himself would do it. He drives his point home by saying He will SURELY do it. We can be confident that God will orchestrate the process to completion. He won’t leave us undone or half done. He won’t start the work and have us out here mid-demolition looking abandoned and messy.
In the midst of this demo day (days, weeks, months, lifetime), I have to take on the mindset Paul had. It hurts. It’s messy. I have to relearn who I thought I was for who God created me to be. But in the end, I have to trust the master builder. God is the architect of my life and He knows what He’s doing. When He’s done, my character will reflect His. And that’s way better than a modern open-concept floor plan with a stellar kitchen.
Where do you see God working in your life? Are there areas that you’ve slowed down your process, or aborted it all together because it was uncomfortable? How can I pray with you to help you get on track? We’re in this together. Like I say, let’s grow together as we grow in Him. I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or message me.
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