Exciting things are happening at Mabelvale this week! As I write I can hear the sound of workers in our foyer. They are re-carpeting the foyer, hallway and all of our classrooms! In addition to that, all of our classrooms are being repainted and remodeled!
It all started in fall of 2017 when I presented a renovation plan to the elders titled “Project Cultivate.” The stated purpose of the plan is “to cultivate and create an atmosphere that encourages learning, growth, community, fellowship, and outreach for members of the Mabelvale Church of Christ.” At first this plan was intended for the areas of the building that included our young people. We got started right away and painted and renovated our youth room upstairs in December of 2017. Then this past June, Paul Word and his boys, Wilson and William, painted and renovated our other upstairs room for our Young Adult Group.
Next on the list was to paint, re-carpet and renovate our children’s classrooms. Aside from this, it was brought to the elder’s attention that most of the building needed re-carpeting. This project was delegated to Ray and Donna Bryan and before we knew it the workers were knocking on our door ready to get it done. Now these next two stages of our renovations are currently being executed. Soon we hope to have beautiful new carpet as well as inviting children’s classrooms and nursery. Apart from the original plan, a few of our other classrooms are also being renovated including the “All-comers” class. The offices will be re-carpeted last. The future of the Mabelvale Church of Christ is bright as we continue to put God and His plan for the Church above all things.
In the midst of all this excitement, I can’t help but think of the spiritual application. After so many years a building needs to be taken care of, cleaned, painted, remodeled and renovated. In the same way, our lives are constantly changing and moving forward. In all the craziness of life sin can sneak in and our spiritual lives decay. When we are immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38), we are beginning a life-time project. We are saved at that point of baptism and the old person is destroyed and the new person rises to walk in newness of life (Rom 6:3-5). Yet the process of being renewed and “renovated” does not stop there. It is the beginning of a lifetime of renovations.
We will never “make it” to perfection in this life in the sense that our every move is perfect. In one way we are perfected through Christ. Yet by our own merit we will never be perfect (Philippians 3:12). This life is a constant struggle to eliminate our weaknesses through the strength of Christ (Philippians 4:13).
Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
As we “clean” and “renew” our building let us take time now to “clean” and renew our lives through the cleansing power of the blood of Christ (1 John 1:5-10).
by Noah Icenhour