I love watching a good home renovation show while I cook dinner. There is something wonderful about watching the before and after videos of the homes that were once falling apart, but are now stunning works of art. The show might take less than an hour to watch, but the actual reconstruction took many months.

We enjoy a good before-and-after shot, but most of the time we do not personally like the process of getting to the end result. The truth is a that there is a renovation that needs to happen within all of us.

When we see before and after pictures for a weight loss program, it can seem like a quick result. We love instant gratification. Our culture does not like lines and even has eliminated commercials through streaming services. The truth is that we want the reward without the hard work and patience. However, we have been given quite the gift. Christ Jesus has given us the ultimate reward the moment we accept Him and receive justification for our sins.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Before we accept Jesus, our hearts are sin-filled and headed for an eternity separated from God. When we think about the brokenness within ourselves and the great need for a Savior, we remember that we walked in darkness; we were slaves to sin, dead in our transgressions, but Christ brought us into His marvelous light. We are set free and now called His children; Jesus has made us alive.