Like many of you, I’m slightly addicted to the TV show, Fixer Upper. In each episode, Chip and Joanna Gaines help lucky clients choose a home to purchase, usually one that needs major TLC, and use their great renovating/design gifts to make it into a spectacular home.
What makes each Fixer Upper special is the way the Gaineses develop a relationship with each client and tailor the renovations to fit their personalities and passions. For example, one young couple wanted to work more from home, so Joanna included the design of a cool office space for them. Another family loved the outdoors, so Chip suggested they add bigger windows and an extra door to the back yard of that house. With every project, they seem to be genuinely invested in their clients and work hard to build a home that they’ll love. It’s sweet and impressive to watch.
During commercials, I take a minute to look around my home. Yes, it could use a touch of Chip and Joanna, but there’s much to love. It’s small, but cozy, and draws us all close. I love the jammed book shelves and the squeak of the floor boards. I love that there are still hints of footprints on the bedroom ceilings where bunk beds used to be. I love how our kitchen table is worn from years of spills, rolled bread dough, and card games. It’s definitely a fixer upper, but everywhere I look is a testimony to the ways of our family. Our home.
God tells us no matter how much we love or want to change where we live, we aren’t really home here on earth. He says he’s preparing our eternal home in heaven.
From what we read in scripture, it seems heaven will be very different from any place we’ve been. That must be a hint that we’ll also be very different by the time we move in.
Every homemaker bears the image of our loving God when he or she works to make a space feel like home. We can trust God has us in mind as he’s putting the final touches on heaven. We can also trust he’s got heaven in mind as he’s putting the final touches on us.
Our future selves for our future home. He’s the Perfect Fixer Upper, am I right?
Here’s a sneak peek:
Our new home will have streets of gold because God alone will be our treasure.
…and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. -Revelation 21: 21
Our new home will have no sun because God and his glory will be at the center of our universe.
… the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. -Revelation 21:23
Our new home will be without a sea because we’ll have no desire for anything that divides, no matter how beautiful or fun it is.
… and the sea was no more… -Revelation 21:1
From what we know, heaven will be breathtaking and beyond what we could ever imagine. And everywhere we look will be a testimony of God’s grace. You’ve got to read Revelations 21 to believe it.
But the most beautiful thing about heaven won’t be it’s design. It’s most impressive feature will be its residents. God with his people: the fruition of the biggest Plan ever.
They will be my people and I will be their God. – Jeremiah 32:38
In Fixer Upper, the clients aren’t allowed be on set while the work’s in progress. Just as with our heavenly home, they must wait and trust.
Trusting in God’s plan is the only way we get to heaven. It’s also the only way heaven gets into us.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26
Through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, God promises to make every willing heart a match for heaven’s beauty, just as he’s making every inch of heaven feel like home. All while he’s building his Kingdom, he’s also chipping away hearts of stone. It’s a double episode.
Not only for our sake, but so more people will know the Home Maker. God’s work in heaven and in our hearts is for those who visit our homes, our places of business, and our churches. So we can bring heaven’s ways to a weary and waiting world. So there won’t be an empty seat at the Lamb’s Wedding Feast.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. – Revelation 21:2
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the Big Reveal.
So come, Lord Jesus. Whenever you’re ready, and whenever we are.