Christians under construction

Have you ever heard God speak to you through a normal, every day
occurrence? Maybe it is something you have done hundreds of times or maybe
it is something out of the norm. I have had God speak to me through a
situation with my kids, a movie, a quote off a commercial, etc. Today it
was through paint. What I thought was going to be a simple, quick fix ended
up taking hours. There were a lot of places that needed to be scraped.
Scraping is the hardest part of painting. Painting is easy, it is prepping
the wood that takes a long time. Any good painter knows the value of
scraping. Scraping allows the paint to adhere to the surface so it can last
longer. It can sustain the elements of weather. Painting over the old paint
may last a little while but the elements will soon expose the wood again
and a touch up will be required. What does this have to do with your life?
What was God saying to me? He was telling me that Christians today need to
take the time to adhere to him instead of just slapping some new paint over
the old. We can come in looking good with a fresh coat of spiritualism on,
but if there has been no preparation on the inside, the elements of this
life will expose it again. If we desire transformation, it is a process
that begins with a longing to adhere to Christ (John 15:4). John Piper
said, “When I pray for revival I pray first for the most radical thing: The
utter devotion and allegiance of your hearts to Christ. That you would love
Him so deeply and long for Him so passionately that His coming would be
your great hope, and death would be gain, and life would be for Christ and
His kingdom.” There was nothing spectacular about the disciples. The only
difference the people knew about them was that they had been with Jesus
(Acts 4:13). Have you been with Jesus today? Do you know when he’s there or
would you even realize if he was gone? Before you adhere yourself to the
television or your phone or whatever else you go for, pick up your Bible,
get on your knees, get the family together and spend time with God. Andrew
Murray states, “A true revival means nothing less than a revolution,
casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and
His love triumph in the heart and life.” He is ready to do the
transformation but are you willing to be transformed (2 Corinthians 13:5
GWT)? I have seen the most beautiful natural pieces of wood underneath
layers of junk. Let him scrape off the junk and let him restore the natural
beauty that he originally designed!