9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
2 Timothy 1:9
9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
The process of becoming saved seems rather quick and easy. In what feels like only a moment, the Holy Spirit moves in our hearts and we are compelled to confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that He was raised from the dead, saving us from eternal punishment.
The process of becoming holy, however, seems incredibly long and painful- sort of like our remodel project.
As my husband and I were inspecting the work done so far in our kitchen, half bath and mudroom we realized this is our first major home project together! Our prior homes were either previously owned or a spec house, so we purchased them as is. We had no choice of cabinets, flooring, appliances, hardware, etc. so we never got to experience the arduous task of creating a vision and budget, making construction decisions, solving problems with contractors, making more decisions, solving more problems, adjusting the budget…
Following Jesus often feels like a constant remodel project in becoming holy. In the beginning of my journey as a disciple I had a “vision” of what my life should look like. I also made a “budget,” “construction” decisions, solved problems with others…you get the idea. As a result, many of my life projects were a complete mess! Only when I learned to consult the Master Builder first, was I able to get His vision for my future, His promises to see the blueprints become a project, His budget and His answers to the problems that needed to be solved.
Each day, as He continues to show me areas of my soul that need to be repaired, remodeled or completely rebuilt I have the opportunity to submit my plans to His.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
When I choose to obey the Lord, I allow His Spirit to fill me with His holiness……which I’ve needed a LOT of these past few weeks while living in a construction zone with no sink, dishwasher or oven to feed our family- not to mention the constant noise, dirt and sawdust that has covered every piece of furniture we own!!!