I’m a huge HGTV fan! If we had cable its possible that I would have very unproductive days. So it tends to be a treat when we stay in a hotel – and since that was the case for a while this summer, I watched a lot of Love it or List it.
Its a show hosted by a Realtor who tries to get the homeowner to sell/list their home so he finds them one that will fit their needs and a designer that takes their current home and attempts to fix it up to also meet their needs. The issue is that usually the house has a laundry list of issues like the kitchen is too small, they have 2 bedrooms but need 3 and then while she remodels she finds more things like an uneven foundation. There is always a lot of drama but at the end of the episode they are left with a decision to ” love it or list it?”
I like shows like that, and with this one i’m usually cheering for the designer – to me there’s something about a drastic transformation at the designer’s hand that just amazes me.
I recently finished my first week of a new bible study i’m doing studying the book of Ephesians called “Glorious Grace”. This week we looked at the life of Paul who wrote Ephesians – and let me tell you, he has a pretty amazing transformation that happened to him. He sought out people who believed in Jesus and would have them killed or imprisoned. He would seem a very unlikely candidate for someone who would eventually lead many to believe in Jesus and pen a majority of the New Testament. He even writes this about himself . . .
. . . though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 1Timothy 1:13 -15
What a mighty transformation from our Mighty Designer God. He had plans that he wanted to accomplish through Paul for His glory and he did it despite his past. Unlike the Love it or List it show, there is always one right answer when faced with either Loving the transformation God has done in me or “listing” (if you will) all my weaknesses and recalling my past sin or even current struggles. Its always love it! – then i’m allowing Him to take my “list” and through my weaknesses Him showing His strength. I want to embrace that God has called me to a work for His glory.
I tweeted this on Thursday based on a scripture we looked at in Ephesians 3;1, 7 . . .
God’s grace allowed Paul to have “insight into the mystery of the Messiah” to help others understand – so it is with me
That was my big take away for the week – By his grace He has revealed Himself to me and transformed my life so that I too can be in relationship with Him and proclaim Him to others.