Watching Extreme Home Makeover use to be a regular Sunday night occurrence at our house. We’d all be huddled up on the couch chowing down popcorn, all of us sniffing back the tears at the same time.
There was a frequent occurrence in many episodes: some houses were so bad and needed so much work, or it was too dangerous to try to remodel them, that the crew needed to bring in the wrecking ball to tear down the old in order to start brand new.
That is an excellent picture of what Jesus did for me (and on occasion still does) and what He desires to do for all of us. He came in and tore down (wrecked) my pale, small, purposeless, empty, selfish and self-centred life and gave me (gives us) a brand new life – HIS LIFE – instead.
On Extreme Home Makeover you would often hear interviews with the crew commenting on why the family needed this new house: “We want to give them more room” – “There are barriers making it difficult for them to get around” — “The house is preventing them from being able to be the dad/mom they want to be for their kids” – and in some instances, the homes were either dangerous and posed health risks.
I believe that’s similar to God’s perspective on our lives at times: “The way YOU’VE built your life or are trying to build your life is so much smaller than what I see for you…I want to give you room, bring you into this large life!” – “Let Me get rid of these barriers that are blocking you, your potential.” – “The foundation you’ve built your life on – it’s dangerous! You’ll never experience the full life I have for you!”
Can you imagine how ridiculous it would have looked if the Extreme Home Makeover family decided to protest their home being torn down? If they decided to lay on the ground in front of their house, forcing the wrecking ball crew to stop their work? I can’t help but think that’s what we must look like when God desires to come in and destroy the old, decrepit, dangerous structure of our self-directed lives.
“Let Me bring on the wrecking ball and then we can really build!”
God is not out to nicely add Himself into our lives.
2 Corinthians 5:17
“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!”
Being a Christ-follower isn’t about adding Jesus to your broken life. It’s about allowing Him to completely destroy the thing that’s been destroying you – belief systems, methods, habits, faulty foundations. He wants to re-build a new you – the real you – who you really are and were created to be.
Take a moment and ask God to show you what areas, what things in your life He wants to take the wrecking ball so His masterpiece can be built.