Recently, I was involved in a renovation project and even I am amazed by the insight it brought and I am going to share it here.
Mr and Mrs. X lived in their own home alongside their kids. They had built and moved into the house several years ago and become quite comfortable in the house as it was. Now and then a few things went bad and needed to be fixed and they would invite skilled work men to fix that area. But recently, one thing after another, they decided that it was time to do a full blown renovation. They just decided to do more than simply rearrange and repair one at a time, it was time to look at the entire house holistically and have an entire makeover. Let’s put this in perspective, after they moved in, they had been blessed with another child that the house had no arrangement for, there just was no room for her bed in the children’s room. They had also noticed many faults that could be fixed and several updated designs that could be accommodated.
And that was how they embarked on a massive renovation project. First they had to get rid of a lot of old stuff and literally move out of the house to give the workers latitude to work. And as the project began, the examination revealed things they had previously ignored. The more they looked, the more things they needed to add on, the more time was spent. They got specialist opinions, looked for updated designs and spent time working to make it work and finally it was done.
The final product was amazing. Same house, same space but the possibilities were so different. It was amazing to see how fresh and alive the house became, from the inside to the outside. The newest addition to the family was accounted for, the designs were updated, the house became alive. The colours were fresh and reflected the individuality of the children who were now old enough to contribute to the planning.
Also, I’ve been fascinated by the reality television approach to extreme makeover. On one of such shows, they took a somewhat ordinary-looking woman, sent her off to another room and, a little later, on that same three-hour show, brought her back with a whole new look: hairdo, makeup, clothes, and accessories.
Then I thought about makeovers in the actual sense, all makeovers require an outsider to see the possibilities the beneficiary couldn’t see, then that outsider does what the beneficiary couldn’t do, and third, that outsider pays for what the beneficiary could not afford to pay. So in truth, Extreme makeovers are God’s business. He alone can recognize possibilities I couldn’t see because He made me, He can pay the price and do what I couldn’t.
Becoming a new person is exactly what happens when we are born into Christ. In fact, when we become Christians, our whole world becomes new! 2 Cor. 5:17
Saul of Tarsus is one of the best examples of an “extreme Christian makeover” anyone could imagine. Let’s take a look at the before and after of Paul’s makeover
Look at the before picture of Saul of Tarsus: Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord’s followers, so he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them — both men and women — back to Jerusalem in chains. (Acts. 9:1-2) Now look at Saul after the extreme makeover:
He believed, he was baptized “And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” Acts 9:20 . See the potentials of Paul after the makeover, He wrote almost half of the N.T books and was the most travelled apostle. Contrast this with his local persecution of the church. Same human, one makeover, unbelievable how the perspective and potentials changed.
That made me think about my life. So often, I just rearrange and continue to live as it is. Perhaps what I need is a full blown make over. I need to invite God to come organize an Extreme MakeOver. So I am trying here and now to outline the steps I need to take
- It is time to acknowledge that things can be better and commit to seeing that happen.
- It is time to do an overhaul, kick out the stuff in my life that isn’t working and commit time and resources to have the make over done. Attitudes, habits, all those old fashioned ways of living have to bow to the new. I need to be transformed by the renewing of my mind.
- It took time. The house project in question cost 5 weeks. 5 weeks of living in alternative living space for Mr and Mrs X and their kids. It wasn’t instant, neither was it a quick fix. It was a long back and forth process so I must be patient with the process.
- I need to get a fresh perspective from specialists. Speak to those who have lives like the life I desire and get updated knowledge. So I want to be Christ like, true so I need to find out from Christ how. Time to get the word, get word based resources and listen to the Holy Spirit and receive the life He brings.
- I have to be willing to suffer the inconvenience associated with getting the makeover. Means I have to move out of my house for a while and let the MakeOver expert do His work. Less of me and more of Him. I need to submit to God and let myself be inconvenienced.
Truly, that house didn’t get the transformation without sacrifice. My life isn’t going to change if I am not willing to pay the price. I must commit my resources to it. Wishful thinking won’t cut it. The Makeover/renovation cost money. My makeover will cost me severally.
Truth be told, thinking about how different and much more productive the house was after the makeover, it was well worth it and I am encouraged to begin my journey. Are you?
God bless you!