Our kitchen roof is coming down today. It’s actually an old lean-to added onto the main house, which was built in 1906, and it’s been sagging. Construction standards have changed. The old roof was supported by two-by-fours spaced two feet apart. We want to preserve the basic structure, using two-by-tens every sixteen inches. But the update requires work and mess.
As I stay out of the way for the demolition portion of the project, I hear pounding, sawing, and wrenching. Long nails shriek as they are pried up through old wood. Boards split and crack. Dust billows.
It reminds me of old habits. They die hard, but they will die if we insist.
I am like a lean-to added into the age-old body of Christ, created not to sag but to do good works, which He established beforehand. The standards of the new covenant need to be implemented, reinforced daily through the grace and truth of Scripture. Old habits must be removed, shrieking and screeching, and discarded. The end result will be well worth the effort.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”