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Complete Restoration or Simple Facelift?

Complete Restoration or Simple Facelift?

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at Gods right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 (NLT)

I just recently finished a full restoration on a 1969 Camaro this last year.  It took about 2 years and a whole lot of money, effort and sweat to finish it.  The whole project was an investment as I was to complete the car in time for an upcoming Barrett Jackson auction out in Arizona, but that was for 2007.  So as the date of the auction came and went, and the people who had committed to getting the car done, failed to complete it, I was faced with making some new decisions.

I pondered what I was thinking in the first place when I originally made the decision.  There were questions that ran wild through my head such as:

*    Was it the right decision to make this commitment?  
*    Did I really understand all of the commitment that I had made?  
*    Was I really committed to doing what it took to finish the restoration that I started?
*    Would I make it my mission to stay focused on the end goal of total restoration each day rather than focusing on the multitude of things that were wrong with the car?

You see when I got the car at the beginning of the project; it looked pretty good on the outside.  As a matter of fact, to the untrained eye, it looked just fine like the car was ready to go; but that was just the way things looked.  The car actually needed a complete "Frame-off restoration."  That's to take the body off the car, and disassemble every nut and bolt, refurbishing every part to "like-new" or "new" condition before reinstalling it.

The offsetting feature with doing it in this proper way is that it costs more both in time and in money.   The other option would be to do as little as possible, mainly focusing on those things that weren't right but were visible. This would mean doing a "facelift" type of restoration.  The problem with this type of restoration is that it appears to be something that it really isn't.  It appears to have everything working properly and to have everything in top-notch condition, but it really isn't.  Instead, it has just been filled with bondo, glossed over, painted up and made to appear as if it were just great.

I found out that restoring that old Camaro and becoming the Christian God wants us to be are a lot alike.  We can either receive a "Complete restoration" by letting God rule our life, or we can settle for a "Simple facelift."  We can either implement the things we learn in God's Word to every facet of our life, or we can skip the parts that we don't want to put the time, energy or resources into and simply make those areas of our life look like they are in order.  

God has given us an instruction manual (Bible) to follow so that we too, may be restored to our original intended condition.  We are to be brand new creations once we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  We are to put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within us. We are to have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. We're not to be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.   We are to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.  We are not to lie to each other any longer because we have stripped off our old sinful nature and all of its wicked deeds (See Col 3:5-9).  

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.  Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:10, 12-14 (NLT)

There are those, who when going through the restoration process, decide to do just enough to get by, never really enjoying what they could have had.  Some do just enough to get by because they're content with the way it's working, so why change it.  Some do just enough because they haven't committed to doing everything that is needed to be completely restored, and they don't want to make the full investment that is required.  And it is the same for our Christian walk.  We either are fully committed to allowing God to restore us, or we are going to do just enough to appear to be Christ-like.

So I made the decision to restore the Camaro properly, and to spend the additional time and money to do it right.  I had the goal of seeing that old car looking and performing just the way it was meant to look and perform when its maker originally designed it.   I have made that same commitment with my walk with God.  I am going to allow God through the Holy Spirit to do whatever is needed to get me to perform in the way in which God intended for me.

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today, don't settle for a "facelift" in your Christian walk when you can have "complete restoration."  Let's get rid of all of those old ways, habits, actions and things that need to be replaced.  Don't just gloss over them and make them look okay, yank them out and replace them with the things that are righteous.

STUDY QUESTION: List some of the things we are to apply to our lives once we've become part of Gods family according to Colossians 3:10, 12-14.

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to complete restore your life so that you are an image of Jesus Christ, or are you hanging on to some of the old ways refusing to allow Him to replace them?

APPLICATION: Don't settle for less than full restoration.  Pray today for God to reveal to you anything that you might have in your life that is hindering your walk with Him.  Ask Him to help remove those things.

Father, Thank You for restoring me to be like Your Son Jesus.  Show me today the things that You want me to lay at Your feet.  Give me the strength to lay them down.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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