Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Restoration

Restoration. The word applies to cars, houses, boats, old furniture, appliances, and even people. 

Restoration: the act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment. What does it mean to restore? It means to bring back into existence, use, or the like; to reestablish: to restore order. When something or someone is restored, it means their significance has been reestablished. Please understand this truth.

Nothing can be restored unless the one who restores sees its significance. Some folks can find an old car, hidden amongst the rubble of a junk yard. Somehow they see it's significance. Not many see what they see. But what they see is the significance and value of the old car...restored. Many an old "heap" has been turned into a valuable, expensive, useful, and of course beautiful car. The reality of its significance was reestablished through the miracle of restoration. It is a transformation worthy of the process because of its significance.

What about you and me? What about all of mankind for that matter? We were lost in sin and destined to eternal death because of the fall of man. We were without hope in the midst of a lost and dying world. It seems we had no significance. We certainly had no impact because we were lost. But the One who created us never lost sight of our significance. To Him our value never lessened, even though we were lost in sin and separated from Him.

Because He loves you and me (and all the world) so dearly, He brought restoration and reestablished our significance. The price of our restoration was infinitely expensive (if I may put it that way). The price was "He who knew no sin", Jesus. You probably know the story of the cross of Jesus, and how Jesus took upon Himself our sins. Please also understand that you are worth the restoration process. You are worthy of the transformation. The Bible calls it "redemption". It doesn't matter where you are now or where you've been. You are worthy of it. Why? Because God created you. Nothing God creates is insignificant. Everything God creates has extreme significance and value.

Surrender your heart to Jesus, God's Son. Only through Him do we come to the Father. Only through Him do we come back to the Father. One of the greatest illustrations of our significance is told by the story of the Prodigal Son in the book of Luke. (Luke 15:11 - 32) Please read this and know you are extremely significant to God.

He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. (Psalm 23:3)

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