Jesus Doesn’t Do Cover Ups

Jesus Doesn’t Do Cover Ups

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 by in Kingdom Notes eZine

Recently, as I was working on our rehab project, I was reviewing the transformation that was planned for this house. There would be the new fixtures for the baths and kitchen along with the complimentary colors of the new ceramic tile and carpet. This and much more would result in an old house being updated and made fresh and new.

As I began to prepare the floor for the ceramic tile, it was necessary to tear off layers of old flooring. There was the obvious surface layer of tile and underneath it was a backing board. Once these were removed, the original tile flooring was evident – man was it ugly!! In one bath, I had to remove the tile flooring which consisted of 1” square blue tiles. To my dismay, once removed, water damage to the subfloor was evidenced. Just another thing when dealing with rehabs.

As I thought about this, I realized how this house was an expression of our humanness: we tend to cover up the ugly in our lives.

Through the process of life, we each experience hurts and failures that can leave us damaged and ugly: and lets face it, what we don’t like, we bury or cover up. We put on layers of emotional stuff as defense mechanism so we do not have to face it.  The challenge comes when we ask the Lord to use us, He will begin his process of transformation with de-construction.

In our desire to BE something for the Lord, we forget there is a PROCESS of becoming we must go through. It is during this transformation, the Lord removes the layers that are hiding our buried ugliness and damages. Only by addressing these issues can we really be set free and become the whole person He intended.

In Luke 4:18, Jesus declares what He was sent to do: Part of this involved the healing or setting free of captives. What held these people captive? It was the effects of their bruising or crushing; the buried damages and ugliness that would limit their lives of joy and peace.

Much like the removal of the layers of flooring in our rehab, the de-construction process of the Lord can be quite messy. In this process, He uses the things of life to reveal what is buried in us and bring us to a place of experienced maturity. James states: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (1) The results is being mature and complete.

Peter states: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (2)

It is the situation of life that are the great purifiers of our character and faith. As we walk through the stress and pressure, we see the layers of stuff pulled away and we come to the raw, damage and ugliness of what we have buried. It is here that Jesus can then begin to rebuild us, healing and shaping us into His image of wholeness and holiness.

food for thought:
What does your response to the stress of life reveal about you?

(1) James 1:2-4
(2) 1 Peter 1:6-7

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One Response to “Jesus Doesn’t Do Cover Ups”

  1. David

    09. Nov, 2010

    Amen! Sometimes it is not until this rebuilding process that we find out about those ugly layers that are buried beneath the surface. Though it may get tough sometimes in the end it is always worth it. Thank God that when he rebuilds he does not cut any corners. It does not matter what your background may be everyone has those ugly layers underneath and God is the only one that can remove these things. Sometimes the trials can make us very weary, but Jesus said in 2 Cor 12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Praise be to God!

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