Imagine an old abandoned house. It looks cool right? Old flappy shutters, chipped paint, bare wood, creeky floor boards….It is full of mystery. You stand outside wondering what is on the inside. You are full of curiosity. So you enter and explore. Almost everything about it seems cool, but there is one detail you can’t seem to shake off, the filth. It is full of dust, dirt, rats, and trash. You then realize the how dangerouse it is. The shaky roof, the nails poking out, the cracking floorboards, and the broken glass. At first it seemed okay to explore, but you realize that it would be a horrible place to live. This is what a life of sin looks like. We are drawn to it, tempted by it, but it can’t fully satisfy. Maybe for a little bit, but not forever. It is a dangerous and reckless path and it leaves us filthy. Jesus is the carpenter of our hearts. A carpenter takes wood and makes a new and beautiful creation. Jesus takes hearts and makes them new and beautiful. He gets rid of all the filth and makes us clean.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
However, even the newest of houses have flaws. Just like the most righteous humans sin. But we are not defined by our actions, but by the conditions of our hearts. Jesus the carpenter of our hearts is still at work. So don’t settle and fill your life with filth, but live life to the fullest and experience it the way it was meant to be lived!