About Jesus Steve Sweetman
House In Need Of Repair
past spring we attempted to sell our house. Spring
is usually the best time of the year to sell a house but the economic
downturn has made this spring a slow market.
Our house didn't sell and is now off the market.
real-estate agent says our house needs too many updates.
At this point I'm tired of hearing those words.
Our house has been updated in the important areas, which our
agent admits to. There is the new furnace, new gas fire place, updated
electric wiring and plumbing, and new porch among other things.
People don't seem to want to take the time and energy to make
cosmetic changes these days. I
guess there are too many reminders of the 1970's in our house for those
living in 2009.
know that our house could use some updates to bring us into this new
century, but once you've lived in a place long enough, and in my case 23
years, you tend to overlook the outdated things.
You know they're there, but they don't bother you.
You're comfortable with the 1970's.
You'd rather spend your money on new guitars, new cameras, and
new computers. The problem
is that you may not see the things needing to be updated any more, but
those entering your house for the first time with the intent to buy
certainly see them.
this reminds me of what I'm studying in the book of Nehemiah at the
moment. Nehemiah heard that
the holy city of Jerusalem
was in need of much repair, obviously more repair than our house.
He was deeply saddened about this.
He was so sad that he uprooted himself from his life of luxury in
the king's palace to live in the shambles of Jerusalem.
you read Nehemiah 2 you'll note that he gathered a few leaders of
men who took the tour with Nehemiah grew up in the shambles of
didn't tell the men why he took them on the tour of the city at first.
He just pointed out the things needing updating as they walked by them.
These men would have walked by these places on a daily basis with
little thought of fixing them up. They
had either forgotten or didn't know what God had intended their city to
wasn't a prophet but his tour was prophetic.
God used him to point out the things that needed fixing. It
finally dawned on these men that things needed to change.
Once Nehemiah told them of God's rebuilding plan their eyes were
opened and they were up to the challenge to rebuild.
It took an ordinary man, Nehemiah, to speak the Word of God to
these men to bring the needed change.
It also took a spiritual revival a few years earlier in order for
these people to want to make the needed repairs that Nehemiah pointed
like to suggest that our present day western Christianity, with all of
its various factions, is in the same need of repair as the city of
believe the Lord is raising up Nehemiah's for our day.
Ordinary men and women are being used prophetically
to expose the ruins of our day with the Biblical blueprint in
hand. God's New Testament
blueprint is much different than most of what we see in the Christian
world around us. Pray that
God would give us a spirit of repentance as He gave