Over the years my wife and I have enjoyed looking at homes. We enjoy driving through neighborhoods and looking around. We look around neighborhoods with homes for sale. We look around pastures that are becoming neighborhoods. These are my favorites. I enjoy watching a piece of land be re-purposed. Like a little boy, I love watching the big machinery come in and move all the dirt around preparing for the housing development. Things seems to start slow. Pads, drainage, utilities, roads, and curbs.
Boring. Except for the big machines!
Until you start thinking about how it will all look later. The way the lawns will look on the curves and in the cul-de-sacs. All the exciting stuff is about to happen! Foundations are poured and walls are raised. The houses are starting to take shape. What will they look like? French Provincial? English Tudor? Will the house be toward the front or back of the lot? How will they fit it around the landscaping? All of these mysteries will soon be discovered.
Soon the pasture has become the neighborhood. Beautiful homes are built, families are moving in every day. New lots are opening up for the expansion. It didn’t seem possible that a cow pasture could become this exquisite. Over time and with a lot of effort the transformation occurred. As we drive through we pick up the flyers about the different homes. We take a walk through one of the model homes, noticing the layout, the mouldings, and the finish work.
The smell. The feel. The look. Exciting!
The development of this scraggy pasture into a bustling, gorgeous neighborhood is not unlike the development God wants to see each of us go through. Our lives are often left untended like that pasture. God has a vision for you, though. What does He do? He goes and makes a purchase; life for life. He wants, with great passion and intensity, to develop your life. Through a covenant of faith my life was purchased. The scraggy pasture is having a facelift.
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
2 Corinthians 5
But dirt work is not the end. He wants to do more. He wants to landscape and build a home. While this may take some time it will certainly be worth it.
9For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing [to Him], bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. 11May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 13He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. 14We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.