Home improvement shows are fun to watch. Among the most popular ones are shows that depict situations where homeowners are living in a home that needs updating and renovation. When the experts first come on the property and start looking around, they often use the phrase,
“This house has good bones.”
This statement refers to the basic design of the home, along with the materials used in to build it, and whether things were done according to local building codes. Generally, if a place has “good bones” it warrants that any money, time, or effort invested will not be in vain.
A regular part of these shows is the removal of prior mistakes and/or shoddy workmanship. As things are ripped apart you can see the worry on the homeowner’s face begin to appear. After all, this is their house. They may not like some of the defects, but they’ve grown used to them.
The best part moment in these shows is when the experts bring the homeowner into their home for the first time after the project’s done. You can sense the joy and thankfulness people have. People will often say things like, “This is what I always wanted this place to look like!” Someone even joked, “Where were you 20 years ago?!”
On the inside
Paul was very transparent to the people in Corinth about how he had lived prior to coming to Christ. He had been an enemy of the Church and the gospel message. Listen to these words…
“For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”
(1 Corinthians 15:9-10)
God strips down the things in your life that are defective. By his grace he removes the mistakes made and replaces the shoddy workmanship. He then empowers you to say, “By God’s grace, I am what I am.” In other words, “This is the life I always wanted!” You’ve got good bones!