Temple Weiss, Member of PCA’s Board of Trustees

My family is hooked on a show called “Fixer Upper.” For those of you who have not set your DVR’s to record every new episode, the show features a Waco-based couple-Chip and Joanna Gaines- who work with central Texas families. The Gaines help these families renovate and decorate houses in need of a makeover. The formula of the show is the same for every episode however, I find myself amazed at what the Gaines’ accomplish each time.

As a designer, Joanna sees the house not for what it is, but for what it can become. Our creator looked down upon us (a self-centered, sinful and rebellious people) and deemed us worth saving. We were worth saving- not for who we were, but for whom we would become in Christ Jesus.

“For God so loved the world that He gave he only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

The houses that the Gaines select are not in need of minor cosmetic updates- they require significant work. When the Gaines’ reveal the renovated home to the anxious family, the viewer is able to see the before and after images. They changes typically involve reworked plumbing, walls, roofing, new hardwood floors, fresh paint and trim, etc.

Our transformation in Christ is even more stunning- exchanging dirty rags for pure, white robes.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

This is a reminder that we all have something useful to offer the Lord. Even the smallest of gifts and talents, when combined with others’ in the body of Christ, can offer magnificent praise ans worship to God.

The truth is, as sinners, we are all “fixer-uppers” in a state of repair. Where is the Master Builder working in your life today?


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