C.S. Lewis is my favorite author and there is one quote by him that always resonates with me.
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
It’s such a great quote isn’t it? There are things in our lives that need work. We all know this. The things I’m talking about are the ones that stick out like a sore thumb. You probably just thought of them. Those are the things we know he is going to fix, but God has a grander design. His plans are much more detailed than we could ever think. While we are okay with him coming in and doing some work on us, we get uncomfortable when that work gets deep and personal.
Maybe there are some things that you have hidden. The things you think no one knows about. God wants to take those from you and bring complete freedom. When he starts digging down to the foundation of us, it can be painful. When you are forced to take a look at who you really are, you may not like it. It can be pretty ugly. However, God doesn’t look at it with our eyes. He loves you, he loves me, and you can’t change that. You may think that if God starts to work in these areas of your life that he’ll see who you really are and may not want you. Let me tell you now, it’s not true! He’s bringing those things up to the surface so he can free you. Don’t let shame hold you back.
You may fight fear, lust, anger, gossip or any other number of things. It doesn’t matter what it is, allow God to work on it and work in you. You’ll be amazed at what he builds from all your “junk”. The things you went through that you thought were so bad, God can use those to bring glory to Him. Your testimony can be the difference maker in someone’s life.
In closing let me remind you that the bible says in Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; That means every one of us. There is nothing you have done that God can’t forgive. He’s ready and willing to do it as soon as you ask him. He’s ready to transform your life.