A Palace To Live In


“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 the hurts abominably and does not seem to make 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 going to be 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).

Immediately, my mind went to one of those HGTV shows where they do one of those major renovations on an old house. It seems like there’s always a point about halfway through when everyone involved is ready to throw in the proverbial towel and quit. But they persevere and the results are more than worth it.

At this point, you may feel like you’ve been under construction forever and you’re ready to quit. You don’t see how anything in your life can ever be anything but a big unfinished mess. But the Builder knows what He’s doing. And yes, one day it will be worth all of the pain, the tears . . . all of it.

Remember God wouldn’t go through all the effort in your life if He didn’t think you were worth it. He wants you to look nice, but more than that, He’s looking to make you into a dwelling place fit for a King.

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