By Cyndi Clark –
One of my favorite shows to watch on TV is called “Fixer Upper”. In case you’ve never seen it let me tell you about it. Fixer Upper is an HGTV reality show that features a cute married couple named Chip and Joanna Gaines who take “the worst house in the best neighborhood” and completely overhaul it into their client’s dream home.
They begin the show by taking their clients to see three houses that are for sale. Often times these homes are absolutely dilapidated and don’t fit the lists of non-negotiables that the homebuyers are looking for. As Joanna walks them through the home she describes the changes she proposes for each room in order to help the client see her vision for the property. Typically the clients are unable to catch her vision or imagine the design and layout changes that she clearly has in her head, but at the end of the day they chose one of the three houses as their “fixer upper.” After they’ve closed escrow on it, Chip and Joanna go to work transforming the house. Often times they are faced with unforeseen circumstances and big obstacles but they work together to overcome the crisis. Every episode ends with a big reveal, and it is absolutely heartwarming to see the joy and excitement in the new homeowners’ eyes as they walk through the stunning house that they will soon call HOME.
I was thinking about the concept of this show the other day and the Lord gave me a little revelation; WE are Fixer Uppers! And the good news is… Jesus was a carpenter!!
All of us are given the option of whether we choose to give Jesus our hearts or not. Many people say no to Him because they are afraid of how the change will affect their lives. Others resist Him because they feel that they are so broken or unredeemable that He wouldn’t be able to help them. Worst of all, are the many Christians who have made commitments to the Lord who believe they are living for Him, but their hearts aren’t in line with Him, causing them to live in ways that are not Godly. Let’s get honest… ALL of us could use some reconstruction in our hearts. And that’s where Jesus comes into the picture! He’s ready and willing to go to work on our behalf and take the things in our lives that aren’t working, are broken, or that just need to be revitalized, and He can completely transform us!
“And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor. 5:15 & 17 (NIV)
So today, dear friends, I encourage you to take a good look at your heart and ask yourself where you could use a little fixing up. Then go to the Lord in prayer and give Him your consent to do some construction in there. It might be a little painful. You might require some structural changes. But don’t despair, Jesus was a carpenter, and He knows how to get the job done. He loves you so much, and His great desire is to make your heart His home. I don’t know about you, but I want my heart to be as lovely and welcoming to Jesus as those houses are at the end of every episode of Fixer Upper.