From the moment we profess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are like a house that is now under construction, and God is the master builder. Sure, the house that was there before may have had some nice features to it, but there is still a lot of dirt that has been swept under the rugs and clutter that has been shoved in the closets that needs to be cleaned up and organized. God is quite fond of the old house, but He knows that a good remodel will make the new house much more valuable, useful and beautiful on the inside and out.
At first, He starts doing some little things, like patching up holes in the roof and putting in nails where some of the boards have come loose. But you were already aware that these things needed to be fixed, so you’re actually really excited about the repairs. I like to call this phase of construction, the “baby Christian phase.” This is when you have come to the realization of what Christ has done for you on the cross and you are overwhelmed with a sense of thankfulness and gratitude. You’re so passionate and excited about your new life in Christ that you feel like you’re ready to take on the world.
Then before you know it, God suddenly starts knocking out walls and breaking down doors. You were feeling pretty good after some of the small repairs, but now you realize that God isn’t just remodeling you, He’s actually in the middle of a complete reconstruction! How you think, what you believe, and what is important to you are all being taken apart and built back up from scratch. You realize that the small repairs were just some adjustments to your attitude, but now you see that God is reconstructing your character and reshaping your heart to make a solid foundation for your faith to be built on. This process may actually be a little painful, and trials of all sorts may start coming your way. But this is a very important phase of the construction! Every time you put your trust in God during one of those painful trials, another layer gets added to the solid foundation of faith and the house becomes even sturdier.
Essentially, God wants to build a house that he can come live and dwell in. And because He wants to live in this house, He wants to make sure that the interior is as beautiful as the exterior. He is interested in every single room and every single detail- especially with all the clutter that’s been stuffed in the closet and the dirt that’s been swept under the rugs. He delights in coming in and cleaning up these messes, because His goal is to build a house that is so solid on the foundation of faith that it can withstand any storm that comes its way. And the construction never actually stops either, but it continues from day to day. Through the ups and the downs, the master builder is constantly at work in our lives- patching up holes and even knocking down walls as necessary. The trials and the changes that come with the remodeling is meant to prepare us for an eternity in Heaven, where He is currently preparing a mansion with our name on it.
So whatever phase of construction you are in right now, no matter how painful it may be, trust in the master builder. He knows exactly what He is doing!
“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.” Philippians 1:6 (NLT)