There once was a house builder who started building according to a contract. The outside was lovely and would have been lovelier if they had finished it. They never completed the inside as the owner of the house decided to finish it himself.
However, the owner became involved in other things and neglected to finish the house. Over the years, the house began to decay. The shutters fell off; the gutters hung down from the roof, which began to leak where the shingles had come loose. And the kids in the neighborhood threw rocks at the windows.
One day, the architect of the home drove down the street of the house and came to a screeching halt. He stopped right in front of the house, stunned at the site before him. He got out and walked around the house, mumbling to himself…
It’s in a state of upheaval but it looks like it’s worth saving. Still has good bones, as they say. It hasn’t decayed too far.
As he walked around, he tried to get inside but couldn’t. It was locked tight, even the windows were nailed shut, though the panes were broken. He didn’t want to force his way in, so he looked through the windows and mumbled again…
Looks like a great place to live! Just needs some tender-loving care.
The man went home and called his son who was a master carpenter. He told him, “Son, I know you can make it into a beautiful and welcoming home. It just needs your mastery, skill, and knowledge.
So, the son contacted the owner and through several negotiations, the carpenter and the owner came to an agreement. And the master carpenter took on the job of renovating the house, saving it, restoring it, and making it into a suitable home.
Did you like the story of you and me? That’s how we are in the beginning without the Lord. Crumbling. Decaying. Falling apart. Filled with upheaval. As Jesus grieved over Jerusalem, He said, “And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate.” (Matt. 23:38 NLT) Our heart’s home needs renovation…rebirth!
And, then, Jesus comes and says to us, as He said to Zacchaeus, “I must be a guest in your home today.” (Luke 19:5b NLT) But is it ready for a permanent guest? We cannot make ourselves ready or complete the work ourselves. We need the Master Carpenter to renovate our heart’s home so we can receive Him as our everlasting guest.
Zacchaeus had a change of heart and turned his life around and received Jesus as his guest, and Jesus said to him, “Salvation has come to this home today.” (Luke 19:9 NLT)
We receive the Lord Jesus and salvation comes to us. We are renewed and saved by the Master Carpenter. And His restoration, improvements, upgrades, and upkeep continue on!
“Unless the Eternal [Carpenter] builds the house,
those who labor to raise it will have worked for nothing.”
(Ps. 127:1a Voice; added word mine)
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