God Invested in Us Before We were Renovated!
The bulk of my growing up years were spent on State Route 511 in Wellington, Ohio. When I was just about to turn 5, my parents bought a lousy appearing ranch in the country. We moved from town (which wasn’t too big itself) about 5 miles to the west and I spent the next 12 years of my life there. The house was worn out; it’s roofline looking more like a ski slope from all the years of settling. The layout of the house was average and predictable. The finishes were dated and exhausted. My father being a carpenter together with my mother being very responsible with money was the right combination to see the potential in that old house. They could see an addition off the back that would add square footage and solve that sloping roofline issue. They could see the remodeling of the living room and other dated spaces, moving the kitchen to a new part of the house, and creating a large master suite. They executed just what they saw in their mind; they put money and work into that place over the years and it paid off. Their investment appreciated handsomely over time and they were able to sell that house and pay cash for their next home. I think that’s what they call, “sweat equity.”
That made such an impact on me that I have now bought, fixed up, and sold nearly 30 homes! As I reflect back on that story and its impact on me, I’m reminded of how lousy we looked when God intervened. We were wrecked, dated, and lifeless. He saw restored, refreshed, and gave abundant life. In fact, the scripture describes it this way. “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins … but because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.” Ephesians 2:1,4-5
He made the investment in us before we were renovated!