Love It or List It

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Love It or List It is a real estate and renovation show aired on HGTV network.  The premise of the program is the homeowner’s choice to either remodel their existing residence, or move to a new place with all the “bells and whistles.”

The hosts of the program, Hilary Farr and David Visentin, compete for the homeowners’ final decision to stay or go. While designer, Hilary attempts to win over the homeowners by renovating their current home, real estate agent David tries to find them the new home of their dreams. Once all work has been completed, and all potential homes have been viewed, the couples must decide whether to love it or list it.

It is fun to watch the couples decide whether to love their beautifully remodeled house, or list it, and purchase their dream home. Many times their decision is difficult, both financially and emotionally.

One thing I have never seen is the option to do both.  That choice is never on the table.  They cannot love it, and also list it.  They must choose.

Life is full of choices. Some are easy. Others are not. The most significant and life-altering choice a person makes is his or her relationship with God.  Joshua called for the Israelites to stop wavering, and decide which god they would worship.  (Joshua 24:15)

“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (NASB)

You cannot remain neutral.  Jesus talked about two paths – the narrow way that leads to eternal life, and the broad way that leads to death and destruction. You cannot choose both!

“”Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

The strongest condemnation in the letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelation is to the church at Laodicea.  The Lord says, “Because you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”  (Revelation 3:16)

When it comes to following Christ, you cannot be neutral. Jesus told his followers, No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  (Matthew 6:24)  He also said, He who is not with me is against me. (Luke 11:23)

Actually, the challenge everyone faces is to love and follow Christ, or reject and leave Him.  There was a time in Jesus’ earthly ministry when many of His followers decided to leave.  After they left, Jesus looked at His disciples and asked, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”  (John 6:67-68)

What is your choice?  Will you love Him, or leave Him?

Published by Larry Doyle

Dr. Larry Doyle served as the Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association from September 1, 2003, to May 31, 2016. Since retiring from the Piedmont Baptist Association in 2016, Dr. Doyle has served as interim pastor and pulpit supply for several churches in the Piedmont Triad area. He served the Pinecroft Baptist Church from August 2018 to October 2020. His ministry began in the pastorate in Kentucky, his native state. He served as pastor of three churches while completing his undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees. (1968–1979) He and his wife Becky, a native of Greensboro, served as missionaries with the International Mission Board in Ecuador from 1980 to 1992. They returned to North Carolina where Larry pastored the Union Cross Hispanic Baptist Church in Kernersville from 1992 to 2000. In January 2001 he and Becky moved Honduras where they served as the On-site Coordinator for Disaster Relief with the North Carolina Baptist Men, coordinating volunteer teams in rebuilding houses and churches after the destruction of Hurricane Mitch. Upon returning from Honduras in January 2002, Larry served as the International Ministries Director for Baptist Metrolina Ministries in Charlotte, NC, a position he held until answering the call to become the Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association in Greensboro, NC in September 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, and received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Today Larry enjoys “Strengths Coaching” and mentoring pastors and church leaders. He also enjoys finding, refinishing and repurposing old, discarded furniture. Larry and Becky have two sons, Steve and Tim, and are the proud grandparents of five.

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