My daughter and son-in-law are making preparations to sell their home as they prepare to build a much-needed larger one for their family of five children. Yesterday, Mike and I began moving bins and furniture to a storage facility nearby to open up their home for showing. As we were carting one particular piece of furniture, Mike remarked jokingly,"Everything we have is from the 'scratch and dent' department!" Immediately it occurred to me that the same is true of all people and of Jesus' Church. It isn't because we are free from "scratches, dings and dents" that He has come but for that very reason. He came because we are, by our nature, damaged goods. But, nonetheless, He came and comes now to all who acknowledge their innate damage and weakness and incompleteness. And once we have responded to His love by returning ours we are still imperfect beings, who continue to get nicked and dented. But His healing presence now resides within, in the person of His Spirit. And we learn that the true damage is the damage that separates us from intimacy with Him. He is especially adept at making those repairs!
Romans 8:11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.