One of my favorite shows growing up (and still is today) is the PBS show, ‘This Old House’. What I love about the show is they take old, dilapidated buildings and restore them to a better-then-original state. When you think about it, that’s basically what the gospel is all about. It’s the redemption of the muck and mire of mankind.
Redemption is such a fascinating concept. God takes something that is ugly and useless and makes it not only valuable but prized. That is God’s desire for each of us. Just like Norm Abram looks at a house, when God looks at us He doesn’t see our failures and mistakes, He sees our potential. He see what could be. But with any renovation there is a cost. Our cost for redemption is surrender. Giving up our approach to living for a much more beautiiful and beneficial life.