Maybe you inherited it or maybe you bought it, but there are many of them around the countryside. Most are run down and in need of a lot of fixing up. Usually when the new owners take possession they start cleaning up. Making the place lovable and beautiful takes a lot of hard work and time. Some owners do very little while others make it a place to be desired. Seeing those fixed up homesteads reminds me of something in the Bible. Before we accept Christ, our lives may be like that old run down homestead, not just on the outside, but on the inside, (Matthew 9:16&17).
God wants to give us a new life, a new way of thinking and doing, (Romans 6:6). If we will let Him, He can transform us into a new being and the big change will take place in our inner being, (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 2:20). Letting Him transform our hearts can bring much joy and peace, (Galatians 5:22&23). There can be a problem; all of this depends on how much we are willing to let God have control and His way in our lives, (Ephesians 4:17-24). Many people accept Christ and will not let Him change much or do very little, (1 Corinthians 5:7). They miss out on so much and their lives will not be filled with the joy and peace that God can supply, (Ephesians 4:30).
See you in Church next Sunday.