I love watching TV shows where an expert comes to a person’s home or business in dire need and helps them turn around.
Sometimes the expert yells at the person and the person pushes back, resenting the expert’s help, and it’s all high drama on camera. Bad words bleeped out, someone walks out in a huff, sometimes the whole thing is called off.
Sometimes it ends with the person undoing whatever good the expert has done, which is usually a mistake because at the end of the show you find out that two months later the business is no longer in business.
But those who realize their need and are humble end up with a brand-new home or business -- a new life.
I love that.
One of my favorite remake/rescue shows is “House Crashers.”
The premise: General contractor Josh Temple hangs out at home improvement stores, striking up conversations with customers about their home improvement projects.
He says, “I’m a contractor looking for work. Can I follow you home and take a look at what you’re working on?”
Lots of people say no.
However, someone always says yes and brings Temple to their house where he tells the trusting soul that he’ll be back in the morning with a crew of contractor friends to totally remake a room of the house.
The next day, they show up and crash the place, knocking down walls, ripping out flooring, throwing out fixtures and appliances.
I always wonder, at what point does the homeowner start to fear that Temple is a lunatic who is just there to destroy the house -- and then leave?
But that never happens. The room is always better, immeasurably more than the homeowner could ever imagine, with state-of-the-art, super-tricked-out features -- at no cost to the homeowner.
All the person had to do was say yes.
They might be thinking, “I don’t know who you are or even if you’re capable or trustworthy,” but they say yes.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
That’s what Jesus does.
You’re going about your everyday life and he just sort of invades your space (minus the camera crew) and says, “Let me come home with you.”
Lots of people say no, but those who say yes, even while thinking, “This is nuts and I might regret it, but something inside me tells me I should,” Jesus comes and sets about making improvements.
But there’s a catch: Just like the remake/rescue shows, you don’t get a say in the remodeling plans.
Jesus comes in and starts getting rid of stuff you might be quite fond of, negative attitudes and bad habits -- and there’s no negotiating.
If you’re smart, you won’t fight him. Anyone who has ever had a tug ‘o war with God over a particularly precious sin knows that the loser is never God.
Unlike a remake/rescue show that’s over in 30-60 minutes, ends with a reveal of the finished work, and the expert and crew leaves and moves onto the next project, Jesus stays.
That’s because the remake work of our lives is ongoing.
So, he moves in with mercy and grace -- and demolition -- as he continues to make all things new.
Nancy Kennedy is the author of “Move Over, Victoria — I Know the Real Secret,” “Girl on a Swing” and “Lipstick Grace.” She can be reached at 352-564-2927 or via email at email@example.com.