Interior Decorating

Interior Decorating

I have always enjoyed decorating my house.  When we first got married, money was tight.  Since I couldn’t afford to spend much on decorating the house, I would go to garage sales, looking for little items that would make our house have a “homey” look to it – warm and inviting.

Before we came to Christ, our interior may have been decorated with such things as these:  sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, and more.  (Gal. 5:19-20)

While we became a new creation the very instant that we got saved, (II Cor. 5:17), holiness is a process.  II Cor. 5:21 tell us that God made Jesus to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ.  II Cor. 3:18 tells us that we are being transformed into His likeness from glory to glory.  In II Cor. 4:16 we see that outwardly we are perishing and wasting away, but inwardly, we are being renewed day by day.  This “decorating” is clearly a life-long process.

In the process of redecorating, God desires that we have these ornaments gracing our lives:
Gal. 5:22-23  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.
II Pet. 1:5-7  Faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
I Cor. 13  God desires to transform our way of loving.  He wants our love to be patient and kind, not envious or boastful, not proud or rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered or provoked, not keeping record of wrongs, nor delighting in evil, but rejoicing in truth.  Our love is to protect, trust, hope, and persevere.
Col. 3:12 in the Amplified Bible describes patience as being tireless and long-suffering, having the power to endure WHATEVER comes, and with GOOD TEMPER.
I Pet. 5:5 Humility toward others and a submissive heart.
Rom. 13:14 tells us that we should clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus.

I have often heard it said that the “pastor isn’t feeding us.”  Feeding us, so that we can grow, is not the primary job of the pastor.  Most of that responsibility falls on us.  Let’s take a look at several scriptures that make this clear to us.
Ps. 119:11 I have hid Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.
II Tim. 2:21  If a man cleanses himself, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, useful to the Master.
Jude 21  Keep yourselves in God’s love.
Col. 2:6-7  Just as you received Christ, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in your faith.
Col. 1:22-23  Now He has reconciled you by Christ’s body, through death, to present you holy and blameless — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not being moved from the hope of the gospel.
I Tim. 4:7  Train yourselves to be godly.
Phil. 2:12  Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
II Cor 7:1  Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates our bodies and our spirits.

The scriptures make it plain to us that we have much to do in this “interior decorating.”  Unfortunately, we can’t go to garage sales and find a “quick fix” to help us on this kind of decorating.  We also won’t find it in the quick “drive-up” fashion where we get so many things these days.  BUT, as we strive to add the touches of redecorating to grace our lives, we have the wonderful promise of Phil. 1:6 which tells us that He who began a good work in us will also carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Remember, ladies, we aren’t alone on this journey!

© 2003, Stacy R. Miller

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