RENOVATING YOUR LIFE FOR CHRIST. As I am in the midst of renovating an old farmhouse, yesterday as we tore out all the old kitchen flooring, and cabinets, I could not help but think about renovating my life as well. Whether it is at home or someplace like a church building, renovations are an important part of improving things. Just as we look for things in our homes to renovate, we should be looking for things in our lives that need renovation as well.
The apostle Paul was a man who understood the importance of renovation in one’s life. When we are first introduced to Saul, he is standing by a support of the stoning of Stephen. From that point forward, Saul went about Acts 8:3 “As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.” When he gave his defense before Agrippa, Paul told of how he was hostile toward Christians, even casting his vote against them when they were being put to death Acts 26:8-11 “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having authority from the chief of priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even into strange cities.” If there was ever a person who needed to renovate his life, it was Saul. After all, in his own mind, he was the chief of all sinners 1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
The wonderful thing about Saul is that he took the time to renovate his life. He was convicted while on the road to Damascus, and was later baptized for the forgiveness of his sins Acts 9:18 “And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.” Immediately, we learn, Acts 9: 20 “And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” Saul’s name was later changed to Paul, and he would go on to become one of the greatest preachers the world has ever known.
What about us? Are there things in our lives that we need to renovate? Are we the kind of people that God would have us to be? Are we God seekers or people pleasers? Are we letting our light shine or are we hiding our light so others can’t see? Are we fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, coveters, liars, drunkards, revilers, gluttonous, prideful or murders? Are we people who have not given our full hearts to God? If there are things in our lives that need to be renovated, why not begin the renovation process today. Just as a home or church building can be renovated and restored to something better, our life can be renovated to one that resembles a disciple of Jesus Christ. Let’s being our renovation today! (J Morton)