A friend of mine was looking at commercial real estate property he was interested in buying. The seller walked him through the building, which was in pretty bad shape, pointing out many of the needed areas of repairs, promising to fix them, and even offering to include renovation in the sale.
Finally my friend said, “Never mind renovation or repairs. I’m not interested in this building. I’m interested in the site. This building is coming down. I’m planning to build something altogether new here.”
Sometimes it’s better just to build something new.
In fact, that’s what we’re doing at the Randhurst campus. The existing building is not just old, its codes are out of date, its foundation has some issues, it’s far too small, and the cost to renovate plus add-on would be greater than demolition and reconstruction. So we’re tearing the old down and building something altogether new.
That’s what God did for me. When he took ownership of my life, he began to tear down and build anew. I became a new creation. I’m still the same property, but under new ownership. A few improvements were not what he had in mind. He said, “I’m going to make you a new person.” And that he did.
“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
Compared with the rebuilding God has in mind, our efforts to improve our own lives are as trivial as sweeping a warehouse slated for the wrecking ball. When we become God’s, the old life is over. He makes all things new. He just wants the site and permission to build. When you completely turn ownership over to him, you’ll be amazed at the change.
So if you are not a new creation, a new person, a new life with a different purpose for living and renovated values and goals, how come? Have you turned total ownership over to him? Or are you still trying to patch holes while he’s waiting just offsite with an entire construction crew?
Maybe it’s time to hand over the deed.