Cade Gibson | Author, That Guy
Over the past few months, I have been drawn to watch a show called Fixer Upper. For those of you that don’t know, this show is about a couple from Texas who take a family’s dream home and make it a reality with what they have. They pick from 3 different houses, and Chip and Joanna Gaines find a way to make the house amazing, using only the budget that was available.
The couple is also known for their unapologetic faith in Jesus, which speaks volumes to me. They fix up houses while demonstrating this Christ-like attitude in all they say and do. In some ways, this resembles what God does with us. God takes what we have, and He turns it into something that is beyond our imagination. Whether it’s all of you or just a small part of you, God can be your fixer upper.
2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
I have always tried to look at the positives of life, but this verse tells us to not to lose heart for what we have seen. Don’t lose heart for what is going on around you and to you. We all know that one day we will take our last breath and then will be in our eternal resting place, but God says not to look at ourselves as wasting away. Because inwardly we are being made new each and every day.
Though our bodies will fail us, our God will not. We are only temporary here on earth, but we can not make that a distraction for finding ourselves to be “renewed” each day. We must use God’s gift of renewal and live each day as He has called us to live. We all have struggles and troubles that can be hard, but they are only a vapor in the wind. They will be nothing compared to eternity with God.
17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
It is is an amazing feeling to know that one day all of your troubles will be washed away. This verse reassures us that momentary troubles are just like us – temporary. How we live our lives for God and show Him to the world will be eternal. God died for us to live. We are not supposed to dwell on something like not getting that promotion or getting an F on that test, but He wants us to concern ourselves more with eternity.
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
This verse shouts hope to the world. We are not living for what we wake up to see every day. People always wonder why Christians are happy. I bet it is because we have something amazing to look forward to someday, and we already know that we will be blown away with what God has for us. We concern ourselves so much with all the things the world has to offer, but just as this verse says, it is only temporary. We have something amazing for us in eternity, created by the Creator of All Things.
So ask yourself, “What is my fixer upper?” We always see ourselves being unworthy to come before God and ask for help, but He says “Come just as you are.” Sure, the “demolition day” as Chip calls it, might be painful and dreaded, but God will make the revealing of the renewed you worth all of the pain and trouble. Whether it is physical, mental, emotional or whatever kind of problem you’re having, God can fix your fixer upper. After all, He made you, so why not let Him remake you into perfection in His eyes?