You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:9-11
As Easter draws closer, my mind can’t help but gravitate to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross and His resurrection. Because He did that, I have so much to be thankful, and one of those many things includes this new life I get to enjoy.
This new life is very bizarre if you think about it. Your body is no longer yours. Your thoughts are no longer yours. Even your heart is no longer yours. As soon as the Holy Spirit takes residence, He begins this lifetime renovation inside this mortal body. He’s literally replacing everything on the inside one counter top and appliance at a time.
Of course, during this “Extreme Makeover: Holy Spirit Edition”, there is an old tenant that lives in the basement who doesn’t like all this change. In fact, this free-loader will take every chance to sabotage the Holy Spirit’s overhaul. The “Flesh” knows that once the renovations are complete, it will be kicked out forever. Until that day arrives, there will always be a war between your “Flesh” and the Holy Spirit.
It’s so cool how God changes us from the inside out. Things that were once thought important are now insignificant in light of God’s kingdom. When you see injustice, a passionate fire burns within you. When your heart breaks for the lost and the broken, it’s because you are in tune to God’s heart. You will have desire to be set apart from the world because your Heavenly Father is set apart. Essentially, you will take on characteristics of God that wouldn’t have been possible except through inheritance as His child.
With that assurance, stop clinging on to the ugly old wallpaper clinging to the rooms of your soul. Allow God to take away your brokenness and ugliness, and allow Him to have free reign to make all the changes needed to create the perfect home. If He has numbered the very hairs on your head and designed a very intricate universe, don’t you think He wants to fix every nook and cranny inside His living temple, not leaving out a single detail? Let Him change you! Yeah, you’re a work in progress, but you get to look forward to the day when God will say, “Welcome home!”