We bought a foreclosed house over five years ago. It’s been a slow process in getting it back to working order. When we first moved into the house, several people from church came then cleaned it, painting one of the rooms, and removing old wall paper from other rooms. How wonderful it was to get their help!
The house had been badly neglected—the tub was leaking into the garage below so portions of the floor/ceiling were basically disintegrated, the garage door wouldn’t open, there were holes in certain places of the walls, and everything was dirty. There is still so much work to do but it feels that life has been breathed into the house—it doesn’t really look the same anymore.
It made me think about the passages from Ezekiel 37:4-6, “‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! … I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord’” (NLT).
I was a lot like that house— from the outside I looked like a regular house, but inside I was dusty, dirty, and in disrepair; and just like that house, there is still a lot more that needs to be done, but there is progress that has been made.
I don’t think anyone ever intends on neglecting their spiritual condition, but it happens over a slow period of time. We justify the reasons we haven’t read the Bible or why we haven’t attended worship and Bible study. Eventually, instead of being “joyful in all circumstances” (1 Thess 5:16), we are angry and dissatisfied.
Jesus says in John 10:10, “…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (NASB). God wants us to be alive inside and outside, but we have to allow Him to “clean us up.” We need to be “foreclosed” on our old self so that He can come in and do repairs. Have you been foreclosed on then bought by God?