Our small condo is slowly being renovated. Each time we visit to see how the work is progressing, I try to be realistic. It all takes longer than I had anticipated. Thankfully, we do not need to live there during the work. With each visit, new things are seen that should be changed or upgraded. I will be very glad when all the work is finally finished.
Our verse for today speaks about being glad to enter the house of the Lord. To be with other believers and worship our Lord together is a glad event. However, we are all in the process of some serious renovation in that house. There may be some rough edges on people that need sanding down to make smooth. There may be a hanging hinge on a door which makes opening up difficult to do. Perhaps, there are “damaged” people in that house that need repair. Can I really be glad to enter a house like that? Wouldn’t it be better to come in after all the renovations were complete?
I can be glad to enter the Lord’s house knowing that God is working in others just as He is working in me. He promises to continue working right up to the day of His return (Phil. 1:6). The on-going changes He is producing in others are the same kinds of renovations He is doing in me. As believers, we are all in the process of change and growth into the very image of His Son. It is a renovation that we live with, knowing that the outcome is worth it!
Lord, help me to be patient with Your work in me, and in others!