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free bing home renovations

Over the past few months since the quarantine/lockdown my neighbors all around me have been doing home improvement projects. To begin with, my former neighbor passed away and her family busily emptied her house and quickly sold it. Then the new owner and her extended family proceeded, like worker bees, in both gutting the kitchen, tearing out most of the shrubbery, the indoor renovations, and the planting of new flowers. Yet another set of neighbors across from me, who are preparing to leave as missionaries, have occupied a great deal of effort and time into putting in a new fence, applying fresh paint, and doing numerous unseen, noisy things inside so that they will be able to rent out the place while they are gone. Then, yet another neighbor across the street, invested in a new roof and new cars. The neighbor directly next to me has also put in a fence, put new siding on their house, new paint, and done a few other odds and ends inside. Four of my immediate neighbors have been working feverishly and constantly to fix up their houses just in the last few months since the quarantine. Not only this, but it seems that nearly a third of my town has been actively involved in the same sort of thing.

I have been reflecting on this phenomenon. Before I share my thoughts on this matter, I first want to say that home renovations is a favorite of mine. I even love watching tv programs like This Old House, Ask This Old House, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It is amazing to see someone who knows what they are doing turn something run down into something beautiful that feels like home. When I watch such programs I can almost smell the fresh paint and new carpet. It’s just so good!

That aside, while my immediate neighbors as well as those on block after block around me and on down the road and throughout my town are putting so much time and energy and money into home projects, it makes me wonder are we investing so much time, energy and resources into our spiritual house? Think about it… Are we?

Are we building up our spiritual self? Are we renovating what needs to be renovated? Do we have the right people in our lives helping us to get fixed up? Maybe something in our hearts needs to be gutted. Maybe something in us stinks and the carpet of our hearts needs to be taken out and a new wood floors put in its place. Are we allowing the Holy Spirit to tear out what He needs to tear out, remove what He needs to remove, change what He needs to change, clean what He needs to clean, repair what He needs to repair? Are we allowing Jesus to wash us with the water of the Word? (Ephesians 5) Do you realize that He can’t do that unless we are reading the Word?

It is important to remember that as we approach the day of the Lord’s return, we must be vigilant to get our spiritual affairs in order. How we allow others to build us up and how we build up others spiritually must be a priority, for it it has eternal value and will be tried by fire.

The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 writes,
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
May the Lord bless you and help you be ready for His SOON return as you reflect on this eternal truth!
Looking up,
Holly Light Ministries