Fixer Upper with Chip & Jo Gaines
Monday, September 30, 2019
“The only cure for man’s sinful condition is a heart transplant carried out by the Great Physician.” – Terence Crosby
One of Deanna’s favorite TV shows is Fixer Upper, starring Chip and Joanna Gaines. Based in Waco TX, this HGTV series features Chip and Joanna taking old, often dilapidated houses, and refurbishing them to better than their original beauty. Chip does the demolition and construction while Joanna does the design and decorations.
Whereas “flipping” houses like this is currently the rage, such renovations don’t work in the spiritual realm. Many people think that all they need to do to “get right with God” is to change their outward behavior here… and tweak other areas of their life there. But that doesn’t “fly” with God, nor is He pleased or impressed with our best efforts.
On the contrary, God’s plan is elegant in its simplicity. Basically, He wants us to come to Him – warts and all – and allow Him to do the reconstruction. However, when God “flips” a person, He doesn’t just take them down to the studs. He razes the entire building, including its crumbling foundation. Then, He starts anew, creating a whole new edifice, spiritual in nature and radiant in appearance.
Putting it in medical terms, God doesn’t simply write a prescription for some wonder drug to drive out our sin infection. Instead, He performs open heart surgery! Removing our old, decrepit, sin-clogged heart of stone, He replaces it with a brand-spanking new one of flesh.
Here is how Charles Spurgeon put it…
“Human nature is too far gone ever to be mended. It is not a house that is a little out of repair, with here and there a slate blown from the roof, and here and there a piece of plaster broken down from the ceiling. No, it is rotten throughout, the very foundations have been eroded; there is not a single timber in it which has not been eaten by the worm, from its uppermost roof to its lowest foundation; there is no soundness in it; it is all rottenness and ready to fall.”
“God does not attempt to mend; He does not shore up the walls, and repaint the door; He does not garnish and beautify; but He determines that the old house shall be entirely swept away, and that He will build a new one.”
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President