A great deal of renovation has taken place around our building lately. For instance, the bathrooms in the hallway were renovated, the library was renovated and it wasn’t that long ago that the auditorium was renovated. Whether it is at home or someplace like a church building, renovations are an important part of improving things. Just as we look for things in our homes to renovate, we should be looking for things in our lives that need renovation as well.
The apostle Paul was a man who understood the importance of renovation in one’s life. When we are first introduced to Saul, he is standing by in support of the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:58 – Acts 8:1). From that point forward, Saul went about “Ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison” (Acts 8:3). When he gave his defense before Agrippa, Paul told of how he was hostile toward Christians, even casting his vote against them when they were being put to death (Acts 26:9-11). If there was ever a person who needed to renovate his life, it was Saul. After all, in his own mind, he was the chief of all sinners (1 Tim. 1:15).
The wonderful thing about Saul is that he took the time to renovate his life. He was convicted while on the road to Damascus, and was later baptized for the forgiveness of his sins (Acts 9:18). Immediately, we learn, “he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues” (Acts 9:20). Saul’s name was later changed to Paul, and he would go on to become one of the greatest preachers the world has ever known.
Friends, what about us? Are there things in our lives that we need to renovate? Are we the kind of people that God would have us to be? Are we God seekers or people pleasers? Are we letting our light shine or are we hiding our light so others can’t see? Are we fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, coveters, liars, drunkards, revilers, gluttonous, prideful or murders? Are we people who have not given our full hearts to God? If there are things in our lives that need to be renovated, why not begin the renovation process today. Just as a home or church building can be renovated and restored to something better, our life can be renovated to one that resembles a disciple of Jesus Christ. Let’s begin our renovation today!
Now that’s Something to Think About!