“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage; but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” –  C.S. Lewis –

Perhaps all we want God to do in our lives when we come to follow Him is change a few areas… maybe rearrange some priorities… possibly alter one or two behaviors. Yet our Lord does not work that way. He wants all or nothing. His love for us is so vast, so deep, so high, so wide… beyond our comprehension. We are His temple, the dwelling place of His Holy Spirit. Jesus shared this with His apostles…

“Anyone who loves Me will obey My teaching. My Father will love them, and We will come to them and make Our home with them.” – John 14:23

Are we surprised that God changes us so radically when He comes to live within us? We see His extraordinary handiwork in our lives. He sets us apart from the world for His kingdom, His will and His purpose. God has great plans for us. We need to just yield to His mastery… to let Him have free rein to mold us and shape us into His new creation. Our God can work the impossible in us. He will fashion us into a palace worthy of His holy presence.