Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Psalm 51:12 NLT
I love estate sales, especially those that run from Thursday-Sunday. When I was a novice, I would always be at the location on Thursday morning for the opening, because it thrilled me to have the opportunity to be one of the first to select the best items.
Imagine my surprise, when I just happened to attend a sale on a Sunday, and was informed that all items were being sold for 50% off or best offer. In fact, discounted prices and negotiations are the standard for Sunday’s on the estate sale circuit. At the sale, I purchased two solid wood pieces of accessory furniture; an oak corner cabinet and a mahogany side table for $20 total. I left the sale feeling great; I gained the knowledge that I could purchase quality items for pennies on the dollar just due to a change of day from Thursday to Sunday.
One of my hobbies is doing makeovers on furniture by using minor restoration techniques. I decided to purchase an expensive burgundy stain-varnish to change the colors to match the decor of my living room. It was not an easy task. It was a hot summer working on my porch surrounded by tarp, sandpaper, rags, brushes, cans of varnish, and sweat cloths. The makeover was more complex than I had anticipated: Hand sanding with two different grits of sandpaper for several days; wiping and cleaning with a prep solution; using the right pressure to avoid brush marks and waiting three days for the smell of the varnish to dissipate before the furniture could be brought inside. All the effort was worth it when I saw the final result!
When we think of the expensive price that Jesus paid with his life to redeem and restore us by providing the pathway to Salvation; there should be no limits on what we are willing to do by totally surrendering ourselves to have the inperfections of our character sanded away and varnished with His precious blood.
When we submit through faith and obedience and place ourselves in the Master’s hands, He will perform a complete Restoration in our lives. Oh yes, there are no shortcuts, we must submit ourselves to the lifelong process of Sanctification. We must endure the sanding from the fine grit along with the coarse grit of the sandpaper in order for us to be restored to God’s standards.
The consistent covering of Jesus’ blood combined with our faith, obedience, and trust that He is able to give us complete Restoration, enables us to look forward to the final result-Eternal Life.
Hallelujah, thine the glory! Hallelujah, Amen!
Challenge for today: Ask God to give you a makeover that will bring complete Restoration in your life.
PRAYER for today: Dear God, I need the imperfections of my character sanded away. I desire a major makeover from you that will provide a complete Restoration for my life. I love you and I want the blessings that come from serving you, including Eternal Life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz