Move That Bus!

Colossians 3:4

4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

In the hit ABC television show, Extreme Makeover-Home Edition there is one scene that usually makes me cry (yeah, I admit it).  It is that moment when the host of the show, Ty Pennington gets on his bullhorn and shouts:  “MOVE THAT BUS!”  This moment captures the surprise and joy of a (often) needy family as they see their remodeled home for the first time.  [sample of this, here:]   Their last memory was of a delapitated structure that was too crowded, or mold infested, etc.  Then after the oversized bus gets out of the way… the big reveal takes place.

I’m still waiting for the “big reveal” in my own life.  God has been working on his own “extreme makeover” of me, since he wonderously saved me on Dec. 14, 1980.  Those who view me from the outside might not see that much of a change (aside from the aging and the gray).  But inside… I’m bursting at the seams with Jesus joy, with Jesus compassion,  with Jesus life.  If only I could get this fifty ton bus out of the way.

There is an old Rosemary Clooney song which says:
This ole house is a-gettin’ shaky
This ole house is a-gettin’ old
This ole house lets in the rain
This ole house lets in the cold
On his knees I’m gettin’ chilly
But he feel no fear nor pain
‘Cause he see an angel peekin’
Through a broken windowpane

Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer
Ain’t a-gonna need this house no more
Ain’t got time to fix the shingles
Ain’t got time to fix the floor
Ain’t got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend the windowpane
Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer
He’s a-gettin’ ready to meet the saints

I love that old song, but it is only partially true.  We don’t just leave “this old house” behind when we go to meet the saints.  That house is “made-over.”  Remodeled into the image of its builder.  1 Corinthians 15:42&43 – “The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable, it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory.”

The big reveal is coming… One day Jesus will reveal to the world who He is in all his glory.  And just as His glory will be revealed, so will ours.  The inward life we have kept hidden will burst into view.  What a great day that will be!   And it is though all of creation is waiting behind that bus, ready for this moment.  “…in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” (Romans 8:19)  For now we groan under the weight of “This Old House.”  But take heart… I just saw an angel peekin’ through a broken window pane.   MOVE THAT BUS!

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