What would a fixer upper be without The Big Reveal? That moment when against all odds, the longed-for vision becomes a reality…amazing!
If you’ve ever watch the HGTV show Fixer Upper, this is the moment where they get the couple, they put them in front of the house, and they have these huge 12 foot by 12 foot walls that are on wheels; murals of what the house looked like before they started. Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the show, stand on either side of the wall and then Joanna gets to say her famous line; “Are you ready to see your fixer upper?” Then they roll the mural apart and the new house is revealed.
The before and after astounds the home buyers as well as the audience.
Have you ever wondered why the show resonates with so many people? I think it’s because God created us to be inspired by transformation. When God turns someone’s tragedy into a ministry to help others and trumps the destruction intended, we celebrate. When Christ healed the sick and tormented, people were amazed and followed him. When God frees someone from the bondage of addiction or a stronghold, we thank him for the work he has done. When a loved one is lost and then found, we celebrate the good news.
It spreads hope.
It encourages us to persevere.
It gives us joy.
It reveals God’s redemptive nature.
Consider this question: How disappointing would it be if you were watching the show and you never got to see the finished product? You watch the couple pick out the house. Then they come in with a beautiful design that they share with the family. The project begins and on demo day the walls come down and they tear out all of the old dilapidated rooms. The new rooms begin to take shape and the new finishes are added. And then the show ends. The credits roll. You never get to walk through the house. You never get to see the end result. That would be cruel!
But that’s what some of us do in our lives. We invite God in and God saves us, forgives us, and God begins to change us and instead of doing our part to reveal that to the world, to show other people, to let them in to see what God has done in our lives, we keep it under wraps. And when we do that we rob others of an opportunity and we rob God of His glory.
I invite you to join us this week as we take the final step in the fixer upper project as we look at how we reveal to others who God is and what God has done in our lives.