Weekly devotional

The definition of restoration from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as an act of restoring or the condition of being restored, such as bringing back to a former position or condition. If you Google restoration projects, everything from cars, homes, furniture and many other different projects appear. Take, for example, the cost to bring a car like a Dodge Charger back to its original condition. To purchase a car can vary widely depending on what the condition of that car is currently in. A 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T with 383 4-speed quad, which is 99 percent restored, currently lists $22,950. While a similar Charger that is only one percent of its original condition sells for $2,500. Cost will vary, yet each has a cost to bring that project back to its original condition.

Just as there are wide varieties of projects, each one involves different costs in restoring them back to their original conditions. There has been one person working at restoring a world back to its original condition – a world that has been changed so much it no longer recognizes what it’s supposed to be. It would be like looking in a mirror and not knowing the person in the mirror. This one person knows every detail of our lives. He knows who and what we are meant to be. He cares so much about us that He paid a price far greater than the greatest treasures. He did this because of who He is. He did this not just for one person, though, if necessary, He would have sacrificed for one person. His sacrifice was far more precious than gold or silver. He sacrificed His one and only Son so that every person who has ever existed could be restored back to their original condition. Understand this: He gave each person the choice to accept or reject His offer. He never forces a person to accept this gift, but neither can He compromise on the conditions of receiving this gift. If you are wondering who I have been talking about, it is God who knows all the details of our lives. It is God who originally created us to be part of His family. It was God who paid the price with His Son’s life so we might be restored back into His family. Remember this: God wants us back into His family, but you must choose!