This morning at the site our team had the privilege to put primer on the 50th house of the first phase. This first set of 50 homes will have families moving into it in just a few weeks. As I was putting the first coat of primer on the exterior of the house, I understood that the only way this house was going to get painted was if someone did the work. The house would not paint itself. God brought a verse of scripture to my mind. Jeremiah 13:23 says:
“Can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you have always done evil.”
No one can change their skin color, animals can’t change their fur, houses can’t paint themselves, and people can’t change themselves.
People, no matter what country they are from, are flawed and the Bible says that they will do only evil. Romans 3:23 reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We desperately need someone to come and change us from who we are to who He wants us to be. I am so thankful that in God’s wisdom He sent His Son to do just that. Even though we are here building and painting houses we have a greater purpose, and that purpose is to show the boys and girls and moms and dads the One who can change them, forgive them, love them, and redeem them. Our purpose here this week is much greater than providing a temporary home (although that is a crucial aspect) it is about ensuring that they have an eternal home with our Father in heaven.
Spending time with the kids today reminded me of the many opportunities we will have this week to show the love of Christ. I don’t know what their home life is like, but I know that the time they spend with us this week will be filled with love, hugs and Jesus.
Houses will not get built by themselves, and sinful humanity will not get saved by themselves. God chooses to use people like you and me to do both. I am so grateful to be used by God in such a wonderful way.