God is our Maker. Maker is His name and His identity. He loves to make things new. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). Not only does God love to make things, but He loves to remake them. He loves to remodel. He loves a fixer-upper. He looks at the original model, and He remakes it.
He is going to remake heaven and earth: “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (Rev. 21:1).
He is remaking everything: “Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new'” (Rev. 21:5).
He remakes those who call on Him: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (Eph. 5:8).
We are remade according to His image, and He enables us to put off the old and put on the new: “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (Col. 3:8-10).
This is a tiny sampling of the Scriptures that record God’s handiwork in remaking, remodeling, and resurrecting. He loves to tell the story of death and resurrection (the ultimate remaking), exile and return, affliction and deliverance.
We can’t remake ourselves. We can’t reinvent ourselves. Fallen man has a deep discontent, and he is always trying to change himself into something else, but he can’t. Only God can remake us, and He does this by reconciling us to Himself. “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Col. 1:21-22). That is the ultimate makeover!
So we should live like this is true. Old things have passed away. “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3).
If you have troubles, if you need restoration and renovation, look to Jesus. This is what God loves to do over and over. Don’t be afraid to come to Him. There is no project so bad that He can’t remodel it. Don’t be afraid of being convicted of sin. Confess your sins. Don’t be afraid to put things right. Jesus will help you and bless you. Don’t be afraid to die. Resurrection follows. In every remodel there has to be some demolition first. Actually, a lot of demolition. Invite Him to do what ever it takes. Jesus will receive you. Yield to God. Ask Him to have His way with you. Ask Him to remodel and remake you, and then rejoice in the process. This is our sanctification.
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:23).
8 thoughts on “January 12: Remodeling”
What a timely reminder! Thank you.
Wow! This is a good one, I’m going to need to read it again. Thanks for all the verses in here too.
“We can’t remake ourselves. We can’t reinvent ourselves.”
That is so true. God knows us in a way we will never know ourselves. He makes us into the likeness of Christ, something we could never full comprehend, let alone carry out. Amen! Thank you for these devotionals! They are a huge blessing!
True – how often do we want to ignore the demolition that’s needed and just skip ahead to the end results! Just read about suffering in 1 Peter…drawing some connections.
I love the way you you His Word to explain – thanks.
…the way you use His word…
Dear Nancy, thank you so much for this blog. Have a blessed day.
Thank you truly, Nancy! Love, love, love being reminded of our good Jesus!