You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
Ephesians 4:22-23 (NIV)
As far back as 2007, the need for the renewal of Canada’s infrastructure was being discussed. In Canada, cities were facing infrastructure deficits in the trillions of dollars. Moreover, they didn’t have the financial resources to fix the problem. Municipal infrastructure deficits are the difference between the cost to repair/replace the infrastructure of a municipality—roads, sewers, public transit, water systems, bridges, etc—and the financial capacity to pay for the rehabilitation or replacement. Some headway has been made over the past 15 years.
Nothing on earth lasts forever. Even the most stable parts of our planets are susceptible to decay and destruction. Volcanoes blow mountains apart and earthquakes destroy entire regions. We talk a lot about renewal in our world. It’s a Biblical principle. Paul the apostle wrote this in Ephesians 4:22-23: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds.” Sin has taken a huge toll on every aspect of this universe. There is coming a day when God will completely renew this world, heaven will descend to a new earth and God will dwell eternally with His people. In the meantime, God is at work renewing us. We all need that renewal. Sin has taken its toll on us. The good news is that God has put into place a plan to make us brand new. As we grow in grace, day by day, Jesus does a deeper work of tearing down all that remains of our old nature and makes us more and more like Himself. That’s renewal we all need.
These have been words from the heart.