In between mission trips, my husband and I returned home to America for a few weeks. We had quite a surprise when we entered our home. Even though we had turned off the water and drained the pipes, a long hard freeze while we were away resulted in so many water leaks in our home we eventually lost count. Not only did the plumbing need fixing, dry wall repair was also needed throughout the house.
As a result of the repairs, we had a forced renovation to two bathrooms. That was not exactly how we had planned to spend those two weeks.
When the unexpected happens, I often look to see if there is a spiritual application. Is it possible that sometimes we need a forced renovation in our spiritual lives? Could it be that God sometimes finds it necessary to allow a “freeze” so that He can fix the leaks and repair the walls? Can it be that our old natures leak through, obscuring the new nature we have in Christ? If so, what is the cost of the repair?
It takes work to maintain a house. It takes work to maintain the right spiritual attitude. You know, I was just wondering…
The Apostle Paul made these statements as a Christian, an apostle, a church planter and a mentor. Even he admitted there is constant need for renovation.
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. . . For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. . . O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 7:14, 18,19, 24, 25).