Curb Appeal
My husband and I regularly talk about building a new home. Not that there is anything wrong with our current home, but it’s not our “ever after home.” A few years ago, just a few months before we got married, we put both of our homes on the market (not the best of ideas since the market was starting to really fall). Our original plan was to sell both homes and buy a new home together – we’d even made a contingent offer on another house. Well, like all things, God had other plans for us. My house sold within four days…my husband’s home (now our home) stayed on the market for three months and was only shown once. We decided that now was just not the right time to sell. 

Interestingly enough, we received some pretty valuable feedback regarding our home…and the potential reasons it did not sell. The one that we really took to heart was that we needed a little curb appeal…we needed our home to be as inviting on the outside as it was on the inside. And thanks to Lindsay Lawns, it looks 100% better.

If you’ve ever bought a home, you know that the outside doesn’t always match the inside…and vice versa. We’re all hoping that the inside will live up the expectations we’ve built after seeing the tiny image on our computer screen. The same goes for us as Christians. If our lives were on the “Parade of Homes,” what would people say about our curb appeal? Do our actions and behaviors reflect the contents of our heart? Sure we can talk the talk, but do we walk the walk?

The problem that most of us struggle with, at some point or another, is we don’t know exactly what we should look like. Fortunately, God does not expect us all to be the same. While, he does want us to transform into the image and character of Christ, he certainly doesn’t expect uniformity. We all come with our own convictions and our own opinions – he designed us that way…thank God, because it’d be rather boring if we all acted like puppets. Rather, he wants us to be united.
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. – Philippians 2:1-2.
He also wants us to do it without selfishness.
What does this have to do with our own curb appeal?  The extent to which our character aligns with Jesus will be reflected in our willingness to serve other people…to love and serve people in a way that attracts people to us so that we can deflect them into a relationship with Jesus.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”  – Philippians 2:5-8
This type of love, willingness to serve and obedience is so counter-intuitive to our culture…a culture where it’s all about ME. So, if we really behave in a Christ-like way, we’re going to get some weird looks. We’ll do things way beyond others’ comprehension…give more money than others might think is necessary…quit our jobs to serve…live so radically that others stop and stare. But if we do this…we live a legacy far beyond ourselves – one that is not our own, but HIS.
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:14-16
Gives a whole new meaning to curb appeal huh? What are you doing about yours? If you would like to hear the original message, click HERE.
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18 COMMENTS

    I absolutely love this post.

    1) my boyfriend and I did the same thing a couple of years ago, my place sold within a month, his sold 6 months later and we now live in our dream home.

    2) curb appeal is so important in a home and in ourselves; I truly believe that we should uphold the characters that we expect from those around us – treat others how we want to be treated.

    This week I wrote a post on my blog, Adventures in Blogging, about the reason behind why we choose a post; if I’m just being mean, then I don’t post it; but if something needs to be said, I make sure to take the snark out.

    Life is meant to be fun and we can start with that making our property pretty. I can never be negative when I feel pretty.

    great post… and my inside is a work in progress… and I have such horrible self image issues… but pretty soon God will give me the strength to spruce up the curb.. I know He will

    This is something I want to instill in my children and I am trying to teach through example but somedays I struggle. Thank you for writing this post.

    What an awesome post. By the way I just noticed you are getting close to 2,000 followers! WOW!

    I love Philippians…especially Philippians 2. If I only read that part of the Bible but really lived it out constantly my inside would match what I want my curb appeal to be.

    Wow I had no idea that you shared the same faith. Your blog is even more appealing!
    To follow on with curb appeal- my husband regularly talks about it as we sold our house after three months on the market, found a new house six months after that but everyday and with every house there was chat about “curb appeal”… it seems to be an essential!
    Happy Tuesday!

    love this analogy! I will have to use it at Bible Study group tonight!

    Great post! My curb appeal is definitely a work in progress!

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    Hi, I found you through Hear it on Sunday… -This post is so true! Ironically, my 14 yo told me today that she is creating a sculpture about this very thing for her English class. It not only affect adults, but children recognize it, too! Thanks for the encouragement. ~Lori

    wonderful post! i’ll be praying for the perfect house for you!

    Jesus admonishes us to NOT be white washed tombs. Does it really matter what you look on the outside if inside your heart is ugly and filled with hate, bitterness, resentment, discontment, etc.? Our inside must match our appearance on the outside for sure!!!! Without it – our lives mean nothing and we are clanging noise to this already lost and dying world!

    XOXO

    I struggle sometimes with getying the inside and the outside to match. I always seem to be a little off balance lately. I try so hard to serve sometimes that I neglect my heart I think. Definitely an area I need to be praying about. Thanks for always getting me thinking :)

    Great food for thought, Ashley. I often wonder if I am much too concerned about curb appeal, what others think, and what message I am communicating. I know my heart is in the right place, but I think I wouldn’t feel so confined/conflicted if I could just speak my heart and mind. Confusing? Yes it is.

    You would not believe how much I’ve struggled today with self and prayed about it – this post was written for me today Ashley.

    Oh how the Lord works…….. thankyou

    (((hugs)))
    Rosie xxx

    This is a wonderful post. Love your words!

    it’s wonderful to know that there are many of us who long to have that love, willingness to serve and obedience which is counter to what the world teaches. thanks for sharing

    Awesome, Ashley!!

    While we do have to be careful that we don’t begin putting our faith in the good works that we do (Oh, I’ve done X, Y, and Z good things… I’m good with God!), our faith in Christ is shown thorough our attitude, our actions, our “curb appeal” as you put it. 1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “Be followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Those who imitate Christ (true Christians) have the ability to say follow my example (see my curb appeal?), but ONLY as I follow Christ — see HIM in/through me!

    My curb appeal will only be as desirable as I imitate Christ. Well, not to most people, but the ones who sincerely are seeking after God.

    ~Michelle

    What a great post! I think a lot of people need to look at how they are walking the walk and talking the talk.Really liking your site. I’m am amateur photographer that’s working towards calling it my career.


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