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Restored & Refurbished
12/1/2014

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.. Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

The gavel comes down, the bid has been taken, the car is sold to the highest bidder, and it is placed upon a trailer and taken home to be cherished and enjoyed.  This is a familiar scene throughout the auctions, as older classic cars are now being located in the barns and fields of rural America and are being restored.   Some of these cars have had a hard life, while others have simply fallen apart from sitting around and not being used.

I think this is the way it can be with us as Christian men and women too.  Some of us have had a hard life, while some of us have never really been used to glorify God in the way in which we were created for.  And as such we have just sort of collected dust, or rusted apart, and we don’t appear to be of much worth in the eyes of some people, or even our own.

Thankfully, Jesus sees us in our refurbished state, and He knows the value of this hidden treasure — so He makes the bid for our life.  “Hey Father, I’ll take this one if he’ll come along with me.”  “What will you pay Jesus?” asks the Father.  “Everything I have dad!  I’ll give my life for them.”  “Sold!” says the Father, and what was once worthless and doomed for destruction has now immediately become priceless. 

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28 (NKJV)

Others won’t look at us with such interest simply because they cannot see the way God can see us — He sees us how we are when He is done with us.  We cannot even see ourselves in this way because we only see in part.  But as we seek the Lord and study His Word, little things start to change in our life — we become more and more like Christ himself. We won’t be fully completed until we leave this imperfect body the day we see Jesus face to face, but then within a twinkling of the eye we will be completely restored and refurbished better than new.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.  1 Corinthians 13:9-12 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today.  Let’s remember how we have been bought and paid for by the blood of the lamb.  He has restored us in our relationship with God and He has plans for a full refurbishing of our life so we can be cherished and enjoyed. 

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Romans 5:8, how did God demonstrate His love toward us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you often think of how worthy you are?  Do you remember how much Christ paid for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Reflect and share with others the story of how Christ died for your sins — how he has paid the price for them, and how you are now justified (declared not guilty), and sanctified (set apart), for God’s work of sharing the gospel.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your love and grace within my life.  Thank You for teaching me the truth of what You have done in Your purchase of my life.  I freely lay my life down and I ask for You to transform me to be more like Jesus.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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