When the paint chips away, what will people see beneath?
As I was strolling through my neighborhood, I noticed one of the buildings, which was painted a beautiful mint color, had a portion of chipped paint. In fact, the exposed section was just a little larger than a dinner plate. With the missing paint, it was easy to see that the original color of the building was a deep red. It actually made me realize what this “new” condominium building used to be. This building along with the several others was nothing more than renovated public housing. That exposed red brick let me know that at some point these houses belonged to people who couldn’t afford the high rent but at some point they were sold, renovated and sold again to the highest bidder. No longer were they stocked with cheap appliances but they now had the best of the best – wood flooring, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Like these renovated condos, this is who we are destined to be if we accept Christ into our lives. No longer should we contain the spirit of sin but through His death on the cross our sins were reconciled. We don’t contain worthless characteristics but are filled with those things that are valuable to the kingdom. We put off our old self for our new self. God is able to do a major renovation on our lives and when that happens the sins which consumed us are washed away as we are filled with fruits of the spirit – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 KJV
When people are around you? What is their experience? Do they see a new creature or do they see someone who blends in with the crowd? Does the paint chip away when you are angry? Are there times when people say, “she has changed but don’t let her get upset, because the old her comes out.” If the old things are truly passed away you should be a representative of God’s renovation at all times. No one is perfect but we strive towards perfection. Daily, we press toward the mark.
Thank You for making me brand new. Help me to exemplify the major renovation that You have done in my life. When the paint chips away, let me still show everything that is great about having a father like You. Remind me that I am not stocked with the cheap stuff because I am a child of the King. You supply me with all of my needs and give me the best of the best. When the paint chips away, people should still see the new me – one that is more precious than the most precious jewel. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, today, I EMPOWER you to reflect on who you are when the paint chips away. Who are you when no one is watching? When you do have the chance to show God are you instead showing who you used to be? Recognize that you have to upkeep God’s renovation so daily strive towards perfection. When the paint chips away, determine that you will still be a glaring example of a child of the King.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is a small business owner as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.