More than a Paint Job

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Ruined House on Hill Small“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Ephesians 5:17

Imagine with me a man of means who decides to build the home of his dreams. In his mind is the southern face of a hill overlooking the sea within a three-mile radius of city hall. Setting these parameters means competition. He’s not the only one who envisioned this idyllic place.

Yet an agent eventually finds him a property. The only problem: There’s an eyesore of a house marring the terrain. “Now sir, I know you’re not impressed with the layout, and there’s a serious crack in the foundation–but it wouldn’t take much to get it fixed up real nice.”

The potential buyer’s response? “If I buy this place I’m going to bring in a wrecking crew. I don’t want this house. I’m going to build something brand new.”

When the Savior purchased us with His precious blood it wasn’t to do a reno. Our new Landlord acquired us to make us into a brand “new creation”— a magnificent dwelling place for a King.

The Architect and Builder of the Universe won’t be satisfied until He’s ripped off the roof concealing our sins and deception. He’ll not be happy until He’s torn down our walls of suspicion and prejudice. And He’ll not be content until he tears up our faulty foundation of self-righteousness.

It’s sad that many think they’re born again, but the only thing that’s really changed is the paint job.

“Pastor, you’re radical.” Yes, I guess I am. Almost as radical as Paul who surely shocked the Corinthians when he said, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you are disqualified.” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Am I going overboard? Am I being too hard? Send me your comments.

Comments
  1. Peter says:

    Shalom Wayne,
    I love your enthusiasm to create an awareness of what we are in Christ but I would not say that we are a ‘dwelling place for a King’ because one who dwells in a building controls what happens in that building but our Lord Jesus Christ showed Himself as a servant to lead us and walked by example not as a controller.
    Rom 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    We are to be overcomers, overcoming the sin of the flesh and the sin of the world around us. He wants us to be taking the steps and letting Him guide the way…
    God dwells in us through His Helper the Holy Spirit:
    Joh 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

    So then it is not our King, Jesus Christ whom dwells in us but through us, through the Holy Spirit. We are His temple but His throne is in Heaven.
    There is a fine line between taking authority and letting Jesus have his way, a line only Godly wisdom would know and understand. I see many people trying to make people well through their prayers but it is not the multitude of words we speak nor the demanding attitude but it is our faith and understanding that will release the authority we have through Him (Just thought I would chuck that last one in there).
    Blessings on your head…
    Peter

  2. Gilie says:

    No you are not going overboard but you are certainly radical, as Yeshua is!!! Thanks Wayne. Your comments stir us to faith, never to doubt.

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