God has recently been?showing me the power of renovation, how we are engaged in His renovating work. Did you know God has made us to be hosts of spiritual renovation??Ultimately God is the source of all renovation and restoration.
“Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”
Without Him there is no restoration for our lives. He is the only One Who can restore us to our original intent and condition.?We are?privileged?to get to take part in this work as we yield ourselves to His Spirit and take on His nature.?Through the promises of God we become?partakers of His divine nature. When we take a look at ourselves in our current state we can see areas that need for some some renovation. The promises of God serve to usher in that renovation to our lives through our faith, patience and engagement with the Holy Spirit.
Just as if you were in a house that needed some fix up, you see the issues, the problems and the possibilities of what things can look like. People invest in old homes to bring them up to date and make them even better. In our lives and??in the lives of others we can see, help and bring a positive change. ?Looking?with the natural eye?we see the?current condition of what we look like.
The promises of God show us who we are, what we are to walk in with the perfect picture and goal of being like Jesus Christ. He is the standard. If we measure ourselves with others we will not make much progress if any at all. But with Jesus as the standard for our lives we can more accurately measure what needs done, what must take place and even more how we can pull upon His grace to bring a restoration work in our lives. Isn?t this why Paul tells us to set our thoughts on things above? It is because the standard of heaven will take us higher, further and bring us to a place of maturity in His Presence where all other mirage standards will leave us in mediocrity.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. With our eyes steadfastly upon Him we are anchored to the Person Who is solid, sure and unchanging. He keeps us on course on our journey to completeness. It is true that we are complete in Him. It is also true that we are on the road to be completely restored in all areas of our lives. By the grace of God we are what we are and by the grace of God we will be as He is. God is chiseling us as the Master Sculptor to make the perfect image of His Son manifest in our lives. As we yield to His work we begin to take on the image of Him as true ambassadors of His glory.