I'm sure you've caught at least one home renovation TV show in your lifetime...or maybe you're in the midst of one in your home right now! We all know that there are things to evaluate beforehand, plans to look at, budgets to weigh and so forth. We take so much into doing a home renovation and for what reason? At least what I have witnessed, the reason people do them is for a joyful outcome...people renovate their homes to have a place that feels less chaotic, more comforting and a place that accommodates their pursuits--family and hobbies and careers and passions. So much of a home renovation is similar to the renovation desires of the Lord Jesus where our mind is concerned. His, though, is much more of an Extreme Makeover, something we couldn't even imagine how good it could be!
We can all quote, "I have the mind of Christ," from Galatians 2:20 and make it our meditation and indeed, we can see ourselves come into a transformation over time with the help of the Holy Spirit. But there are sometimes things that just don't want to budge. Doors we keep locked and have confrontations with the Lord when He asks about that area of our mind or heart. Avoidance is something we can get into trouble with, just as much as you would if you were renovating your home and came across a busted sewer line under the floor. You can be embarrassed and quickly try to hide it, secretly patch it up your own way and then later on down the line, your home experiences a rupture of this terrible sewer line and suddenly that beautiful and abundant "new" area is now a stinky mess. This is unfortunately what happens to us when we fail to do what the Holy Spirit directed us to do early on--repent and deal with it and let Him tear it out. It's not too late if you're still willing to let Him put His hands into the renovation of your mind. He's got some wonderful plans for us--He's the great carpenter after all, right?