Chasing Daylight Day 1: Renovation

June 9, 2020 Nelson Muhire 47 comments

Welcome to this 5 day devotional on Chasing Daylight. Listen to the Audio above as you follow in the text below.

Every now and then, I will go down a random YouTube rabbit hole browsing through all kinds of suggested videos. This one time, while I was browsing away, I found a show called My Houzz by Houzz TV. On this show, celebrities invite interior designers to the house of a loved one and challenge them to give it a complete make over. This make over is meant to be a surprise to the loved ones that live in that house.

By the time the designers are done with all the renovations planned for that house, it’s interior looks nothing like what it used to be. The house is always a lot more spacious, brighter and a lot more vibrant than it was before. When the homeowners return, they are always wide eyed and completely blown away by how much their home has changed. A home they have known for so long.

I however noticed that they never seemed to change anything about the external parts of the house (At least in the episodes I watched). From the outside, the houses looked exactly the same.

This got me thinking about what it means to be a Christian. When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, we are completely changed on the inside. We may look the same on the outside, but who we are on the inside is brand new. Our capacity to win, our capacity to serve and our capacity to transform the world around us is supernaturally upgraded.

But unfortunately, a lot of times, we live ordinary and powerless lives unaware of the new life and purpose that we have been given on the inside. But God wants to do so much more with us.

In 2007, I came face to face with the reality that I was failing in school. With every passing day, the hope for a reasonable future got more distant. I felt trapped in a world that had no escape. Arrested development had become my reality. Naturally, the tensions between my parents and I were extremely high and navigating through that season seemed impossible.

Eventually, my dad allowed me to take a dead year from campus. While the dead year provided me with temporary relief from the pressure to perform at school, it did not eliminate the apparent reality that my life had lost meaning. But while all I saw was an end, God knew that the stage had been set for a new beginning. Jesus, the master designer, was about to renovate my life.

You see, it was in my idleness of that dead year that I began to experiment with music creating software on my computer at home. Before long, I was attempting to record little song demos for our small band called H.O.P band. Little did I know that these small demos would become our first Album. And little did I know that this smilingly insignificant project would become to me a source of purpose and renewed hope. Little did I know that what started as a small project would become a missional movement dedicated to helping young people find purpose in God for life on earth.

Jesus says in Matt 6:30-33, 

“So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?

“So then, forsake your worries! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. 

Doesn’t your heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require?

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. 

Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.

Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.””

I love this promise of God. He knows us and he knows every detail of the purpose he has for us. Rather than worry about the unknowns of tomorrow, God is challenging us to be faithful with our opportunity today. He is challenging us to live for his kingdom today. To love our neighbours today. To prayerfully lean on Him for direction today. To be grateful for every blessing today.

If we surrender our lives to him completely, He will accomplish His purpose in us, and not a moment of our faithfulness will be wasted.

Prayer

Good and gracious father

Thank you for today

Thank you for the opportunities you have prepared for us

Challenge our hearts to be faithful today

Challenge us to love and extend kindness today

May we cease every moment today for your glory

In Jesus Name we pray

Amen

Scriptures

2 Corinthians 6:11-13 MSG

Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!

Romans 12:1-2 MSG

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

47 Comments on “Chasing Daylight Day 1: Renovation

  1. This has been a beautiful message this morning…sort of what I needed….and now a constant reminder that God is God…and to forsake my worries!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for this message. It’s been such a blessing to my heart soul and spirit .
    God bless

  3. “little did I know that this smilingly insignificant project would become to me a source of purpose and renewed hope.”

    blessed by how the small things grow into big ones.

    as well as the complete inside change.

  4. This Renovation blog is a reminder that I am no failure in life but a vessel-in-waiting to do awesome things in the Kingdom of God powered and fully sponsored by God…..I just need to have the right kind of focus (on God, of course) and be obedient

    Thank you Nel for being obedient to God’s call on your own life….your labor in the Lord is not in vain

  5. this is beautiful.. a reminder that God already knows what I need and so I need not to worry. I should instead be faithful to him and trust him to accomplish his purpose in me.

  6. Amen and amen I shouldn’t worry but rather live to be thankful for his unconditional love, provision, protection etc. Indeed he is a God who never fails, I shall not fear or worry

  7. Wow, I loved that what seemed like an end birthed a purpose that has nurtured hundreds of purposes like mine, God surely is the master planner

  8. This was so beautiful. An answered prayer and a reminder not to worry. God is aware of the situation. Thank you.

  9. This is really really beautiful. A reminder that my life isnt small, I’m just living it in a small way and yet God has huge plans for me. Also, God is able to change a seemingly hopeless situation into a huge testimony. Thank you Nelson for this very vital reminder. God bless you.

  10. The renovation is the inside!! Our hearts become brand new even though we look the same on the outside! Beautiful message. Blessings😍😍 We live for the purpose that is on the inside of us. Let’s challenge our hearts to be faithful.

  11. John 13: 7 really comforts me and it is something I am starting to echo back in my prayers, for God to make all things clear to me eventually. We can go through moments in our lives that can be insane and utterly confusing and yet God still makes certain things work out for His glory and for our ultimate good. The key thing is to remain rooted in Him and stick around long enough for Him to reveal all this to us later when we are at a better level of understanding that will allow us to appreciate what He was setting into motion.

    Sometimes surrender is scary because we think God is going to throw us into the deep end but it is in faith that we go into a place of complete surrender and just allow God/give Him to work in us. I think surrender is also a big show of obedience to what you feel the Holy Spirit telling you on the inside.

  12. Well, this is encouraging and challenging on the other hand.
    Its so much beyond our mind indeed on how God can our seemingly hopeless situations, to be platforms for our purpose to be unwrapped.
    This reminds me of Joseph’s story.
    While he was being sold and while he got through all the sufferings in Egypt, the dreams he had before ceased to make sense. However even in the hopelessness and in the process, Joseph was faithful until God turned the very place of Slavery into his reigning.
    I am encouraged that though it may look the same outside, it is more glorious inside.

  13. Therefore we do not become discouraged [spiritless, disappointed, or afraid]. Though our outer self is [progressively] wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day by day.
    2 Corinthians 4:16 AMP

    The show makes sense to me.
    I think living by faith gives us confidence in the hope that is in Christ Jesus to appreciate the process.
    Thank you papa
    This is encouraging.🙌

  14. I am reminded of what Paul says, “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” (2 Corinthians 4:16‭-‬18 MSG)
    Like with a tree, we can’t always see or know that it is growing by looking at it every day. But over time the changes are evident and undeniable. We are continually being told and reminded of the power, light, saltiness, love, self-control, patience among other fruit of the Holy Spirit that we have inside of us. It is hard for us to imagine having all that power inside of us when we feel empty and not good enough most of the time. But as we surrender ourselves and our personal agendas and seek the Kingdom of God and His will above “these less important things”, and not just read His word but become doers, the seeds God planted in our hearts start to grow and turn into the fruit of the Spirit, that the world can see and enjoy.

  15. One day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself. I’m challenged to love and follow him, TODAY.
    I’m blessed.

  16. I love that in whatever paths or carriers we choose God has a way to redirect us into what he actually what’s us to do and his purpose and plan his an veiled God bless you team for sharing @Nel thanks

    1. ❤❤❤..Thanks Nel! A reminder to not live in a small way but openly and expansively, to surrender completely to God to work in and through us..

  17. I love the msg version of Romans 12:1-2
    “Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him”
    Embracing God’s renovation is the best thing i can do for him…selah

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