Restore

One of the neatest things that I enjoy watching are shows about restorations. Whether it is an old muscle car that mechanics bring back to life, or old beautiful homes that are in desperate need of being rebuilt by great carpenters. I just find it amazing that people have the ability to fix and repair, restore the damaged and the broken, and make things not only functional but beautiful once again.

We understand that the reason these cars and homes, or whatever it is that is being restored, are in such bad shape is that they were not taken very good care of. There was some sort of neglect of upkeep and repairs. Then the owner looks at it one day and thinks, “what’s the use, this thing is too far gone.” And then they give up and just walk away. Then comes someone that can see the discarded and neglected and sees not only what it was, but what it could be again.

Wouldn’t it be nice if that could happen for people? If only there was a way to take all the mistakes and bad choices that we have made in our lives that have brought neglect into our lives and restore us and make us functional and beautiful once again? Oh wait, there is One that said that He can do that very thing. Paul tells us in II Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  Jesus is still the greatest carpenter to ever live and His specialty is restoration of the broken, damaged, and discarded. All He asks is that you give Him complete control of the project. You do this by asking Him to come into your life, forgiving you of what has gotten you where you are, and making Him the Lord of your life. Sin has brought death and decay into our lives; Jesus removes and restores what sin has destroyed.

What about those of us who are already followers of Jesus and have found ourselves in places we never wanted to be? We have lost our joy and our passion for our Lord. David, a man after God’s own heart, really pulled a boneheaded move by having an affair with Bathsheba and then having her husband killed to try and cover up the whole thing. That is pretty bad. Did David recover, was he able to get back into right relationship with God? Yes, he did. But he first had to acknowledge and deal with the sin that he not only allowed but welcomed into his life. Then he cried out to his God. We see this in Psalm 51:12-13 as David cried out, Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You.”

David cried out to be forgiven and have his joy returned to him, but he was also going to return to God with a purpose. This is not just about what we need in our lives, but what we can bring into other people’s lives. When the Lord restores us, let us go help one another to understand that they too can be restored to this wonderful and loving God.