September 2008

Flip this castle

Story of the day: Flip this castle

     Jeff and I like to watch home renovation shows.  One of our favorites is Flip this house.  I love seeing the demolition of the house and in a certain time period, the finished product. 

     David McCasland writes in Home Improvementabout just that.  He says, “Have you ever wanted to live in a castle, than this is your chance.  The state of Saxony in eastern Germany has a dozen castles for sale, each priced at one German mark (which is just over half a US dollar.)

     There is a catch, however.  According to a New York Times article, the historic structures are in advanced stages of disrepair, and buyers must restore each property “consistent with its historical architecture.”  Estimates for restoration run from $7 million to $60 million per castle.

     It has occurred to me that buying a fixer-upper’s nightmare gives us a picture of what God has done for each of us in Jesus.  Ephesians 2:1 bluntly states our condition without Christ–“dead in trespasses and sins.”  But the hopelessness of the human condition never deters God’s love.

     The renovation and renewal the Father carries out in all who receive His Son begins with new life.  “But God,…even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” (v.4-5).  And what God purchased at the great cost of His only Son, He gives to us freely. (v.5-9)

     Like derelict castles restored far beyond their former glory, our transformed lives point others to God, who is rich in mercy, grace, and love.”

Quote of the day:  Anonymous

“When we receive Christ, God’s work isn’t over–it has just begun.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 2:10

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for taking my old body and renovating it, making it new.  Thank You for being rich in mercy and love, because I was once dead in my sins and am now made alive in Christ.  Father, I pray as Your workmanship to walk in Truth and Love as Your Son did.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen