Home Improvement


More important than building and repairing furniture and homes is the rebuilding of souls. We can serve as apprentices in His miraculous renovation of worn-out hearts and crumbling lives.

“Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”  Isaiah 58:12 (nlt)

I have a confession. In recent years I have become an HGTV addict.

Maybe addict is exaggerating a bit, but I have done my share of home renovations and have gleaned many home-improvement ideas from watching do-it-yourself shows. In all honesty, the process is a contentious one, as any “healing” journey can be. But the results? Oh, I love the results!

Improving our earthly living spaces brings some satisfaction, but it can’t compare to the perfect, forever home Jesus is fashioning for us with Him someday (See John 14:2–3). Acts 3:20–21 (cev) says, “That time will come when the Lord will give you fresh strength. He will send you Jesus, his chosen Messiah. But Jesus must stay in heaven until God makes all things new, just as his holy prophets promised long ago.”

Sometimes when I look around at the sorrows of life, I feel anxious for that time to come soon. The prophet Isaiah wrote a lot about the messiness of living on earth. He informed the Israelites that they could play a part in God’s restoration. If they’d turn back to the Lord, they could be rebuilders instead of continuing on as demolishers.

Jesus was a carpenter while He lived here, and I’m guessing His craftsmanship was superb. But more important than building and repairing furniture and homes was the rebuilding He did of souls. While we’re waiting for Him to return, we can serve as apprentices in His miraculous renovation of worn-out hearts and crumbling lives.

You can always find people in need of Jesus’ precision craftsmanship. Will you show His love by being part of His restoration work?

FAITH STEP: Find or buy a good-sized nail to place in a visible spot. Let it remind you of the nails the world used in an attempt to demolish Jesus’ ministry; then let it prompt you to take an active role in Jesus’ rebuilding of lives.

Written by Erin Keeley Marshall

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