What is the long-term goal for our lives? Ultimately, God is in the business of renovating us—remaking us in the image of God. Humankind was created that way and He plans to recreate us through the work of the Gospel.
 

Questioning whether you read that correctly? Read on…

Though many houses have been rebuilt, as Pam and I drive roads toward our neighborhood, we still see the starkness of the devastation of the Waldo Canyon Fire. A scar remains: matchstick blackened trees; rebuilding of homes; burned out, flood-vulnerable canyons. Our two year old grandson calls the foothills around our neighborhood the Pokey Mountains. I guess the trees look more like porcupine quills to a two year old! A similar picture could be taken of areas affected by the Black Forest Fire and other areas of the country affected by natural disasters.

In our early-married years, Pam and I received old furniture from family or bought some at garage sales. One piece in particular was a little table that was completely worn out! It had many layers of paint and stain, one on top of the other. The brass handles of this little table were tarnished beyond recognition. We bought it because it was cheap, but later decided to take it on as a refinishing project!

We recently had our Subaru wagon in the shop. It struck me that each season of our lives could be marked by the type of car we drove! The first car I drove after getting my license was a 1970 Ford Pinto Hatchback. You may have heard of them; they were recalled because of the gas tank exploding!

Here’s a picture of the new foundation of our own personal “restoration project!” We're so excited to see our house begin to take shape. Seeing how carefully the builders laid the foundation reminded me of how the Bible uses the image of foundations. If our lives are “built” to be used to give God glory—to “make Him famous—then the topic of foundations is an important one.

Over the past few months, as Pam and I have driven the roads toward our burned neighborhood, we continue to be taken by the starkness of the devastation of the Waldo Canyon Fire. A scar still remains: matchstick blackened trees; rubble of homes left behind; burned out, flood-vulnerable canyons. And the scars go deeper as there are still 350 families in various stages of chaos in their efforts to rebuild. A similar picture could be taken of the East Coast in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Colossians 3:4 says,

 
“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
 
During my early years following Jesus, reading my Bible, and going to church I thought  “glory” was a place with a ZIP Code . . . kind of like heaven. You know, “I’ll see you in Glory.”

As a young man I remember being told things like:

 
Jesus didn’t come to set up a religion, He came to establish a relationship with us and start a community of friends who would follow Him together.
 
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Religion is man’s attempt to reach and find God; Jesus represents God’s attempt to reach men and women that they would find Him.
 
Yet, we have a world filled with people attempting to reach God, please God, or serve God through religious behavior, performance, and rule-keeping.