Month: December 2015
From Marred to Magnificent!
“Underneath all the clutter, there’s a lot of potential. This home gives me a lot to work with.” These words are often heard infamously on episodes aired by HGTV called, The Property Brothers. With an ultimate goal in mind two siblings, Jonathan and Drew Scott, have the daunting task of persuading potential buyers to purchase the un-loveable. Their premise? By renovating a less expensive property, homeowners have the opportunity to afford and create their dream home. With a keen eye, two properties are chosen and virtually transformed to show future buyers what indeed is possible.
The wonderful aspect about Property Brothers, I’ve discovered, goes beyond what can be accomplished on less. Rather, one can be inspired spiritually as we parallel their journey with our own. So many times, we allow past mistakes and mishaps to blind us from truths of who we are in Christ.
Believing the lies of our current situations, often create false distortions of how God has made and purposed us. Preventing us from seeing that we’re more than meets the eye, is part of the enemy’s scheme.
But Christ has another plan and His desire is for you to join in! Just as homebuyers succumb to their offer with surprising results in the end, we too can be blown away when God is allowed to reign free in our lives. What God can do, what we must do, and what He wants to do, are key ingredients to uncovering your potential.
- God can turn our mess into ministry. Houses seen by potential buyers are often dirty and disheveled. However, The Property Brothers seem to love it best because they are confident in their capabilities. Similarly, our Heavenly Father reminds us in His word what He’s able to do. No matter our circumstance or filth, He will take our flaws and make them flawless.
“Jesus looked at them, and said to them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, New King James Version).
- We must have eyes of faith. The selection of homes left much to be desired. Nevertheless, the professionals wanted owners to see beyond its shoddy appearance and hold onto the promise at hand. The result being a beautiful home. It’s so important to view our predicaments through lens of faith and forgo worrying about the details. God doesn’t promise us a life of ease. However, He desires His children to grasp the hands of faith and believe Him for the outcome.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1, New King James Version).
- God desires us to let go. With hesitation, homeowners concede to Drew and Jonathan. Finding themselves on a journey of transformation in their hearts as well as homes. God can and will transform our lives. We must, however, let go of preconceived notions and doubt. With Him, we can wave our white flags without fear. Leaving our hands open, we can bravely face the unlovely and live a life of surrender.
“He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39, New King James Version).
When God takes our marred image in His Hands, we are cleaned up and our lives glow with radiance. As a result, we’re better able to embrace our gifts and the Body of Christ. Looking at their new home, buyers are always astonished. “How can this be the same place,” is often the question asked. The Property Brothers knew what treasure lay beneath, because they are skilled at discovering gems among rubble.
So too, our Heavenly Father is more than ready and willing to take on any project. Why? Because our Creator has placed greatness on the inside of us and we need to discover just what we’re made of. After all, it’s the inside that truly matters!
“Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20, New King James Version).
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