“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”(John 14:2-4)
I was in an area the other day where someone watched three straight episodes of “Extreme Makeover.” I fell asleep during the first episode but woke up toward the end of it. By the end of the first program, I very much appreciated what they were doing. The concept is to find a deserving and needy family and totally remake their homes into functional and enjoyable dwelling places. The family is sent away on vacation during the process. The community gets involved and helps in the remodeling. The family returns and is awed by the results.
The second episode involved a man who was shot in the neck while serving a warrant with a police SWAT team. They are the commandos of the police force. His house was too impractical for his wheelchair. The staff of Extreme Makeover and the community agreed to just tear the whole house down and build him another, more spacious and of course, beautiful home. It’s a very moving experience in that the recipients don’t pay a cent for the benevolence.
Jesus shows up outside to the condition of our souls. “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father of His throne.”(Revelation 3:20-21) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.”(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Jesus is the Extreme Makeoverer (poetic license). There’s a difference in the way Jesus approaches the potential recipient. With Jesus, nobody deserves the gift. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23) “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”(Proverbs 14:1)
Jesus doesn’t care what you’ve done in the past. He wants to give you a future. What do the Apostle Paul and King David have in common? They were both murderers. After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband to keep it secret, he wrote Psalm 51. In it, he called for the Extreme Makeoverer: “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin, for I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.”(verses 1-3) Paul wrote to the Ephesians who had worked with the Extreme Makeoverer: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”(Ephesians 2:8-10) Is someone knocking at your door?