C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors. His “Chronicles of Narnia” series will always be near and dear to me. A few years ago, I read his book, “Mere Christianity” for the first time. This is an amazing book on walking with Christ. One quote in particular stood out to me. It reads,
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
If you are a Christ-follower, God is constantly transforming you. When you surrendered your life to follow him, you did exactly that – surrender. In that surrender, you relinquished your rights and asked God for His sovereign direction over your life. His direction is to completely rebuild you as a new creature. He’s not merely remodeling the old you. He is rebuilding a new you. Why? What is He doing?
His intention: to come and live in you and through you. He intends to accomplish the work of His Kingdom through you and your life. In short, “You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creature. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17