1. the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.
It all starts with the eye of the beholder- seeing something and having compassion (for whatever reason) to take action. The beholder has seen value- perhaps something that no one else would even have noticed. You are special. You have things about you that are admirable and good and useful and you may have had some things go wrong, break or even be destroyed- but you are worth fixing and restoring. You are Loved. John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’
1 Aquisition: You buy it or you already own it- but its really when you are in a position to take it apart- to get involved- to put your hands on it -ownership.(Matt 13:44 ‘…like a treasure hid in a field; which when a man hath found, he goes and sells all he has and buys it.’)
2 Inspection: how bad is it (really) – you might have glanced at it and seen potential – you may have even thought ‘its not that bad’ (haha) Now the lights are on- reality sets in.. But, because you have already made the decision to restore it won’t matter how bad it is- -God sees us as we are and yet, chose us and is willing to do whatever it takes to help and heal us. Psalms 139:23 ‘Search me O God and know my my heart, try me and know my thoughts’
3 The Project Begins: its not pretty and it will probably get a lot worse- at least worse looking- (more photos later- ) but what is important is that the project has begun. When Jesus begins the work in your life- you have already won- Jesus paid the whole price and once you surrender- the work is both completed and in process (pretty cool -huh) Philipians 1:6 ‘Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ’
#staytuned (but it will probably be longer than you think- or than I think- it always feels that way- like it takes forever- at least until we get to the real Forever part)
Great post, Mark! God takes our brokenness
and makes something good. You can do it!
All things are possible with God!!
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God is not just a junk collector, and He is not just going to fix us up and sell us- He intends to drive around in us!