What does it look like to live a restored life?
To restore means to return back to a previous state of being. When I ask myself what does it mean to live out a life that is restored in the context of the Gospel, I think of it in a personal context, a worldly context, and a heavenly context.
Sometimes, when we get caught up in the busyness of our day to day, it can be hard to stay centered on the new life that we have in Christ. When it gets difficult, here are a few things I do to focus my day on the restoration I have in Christ.
Spend Time in the Word
Christ died on the cross for your sins. Because of this you can be in a right relationship with him. Get to know your Creator by spending time with him in the Word and building a deep, intimate relationship with Him.
See the Brokenness in the World
You are restored in Christ, but this isn’t necessarily true for the world as a whole. Don’t avoid the brokenness that seems scary or makes you uncomfortable. Recognize it and ask yourself, “How can I immerse myself in this brokenness so I can share the life of Christ.” Get out of your comfort zone, and be intentional about looking for the opportunities that God presents to you throughout the day. Share the light of God so that others can also experience the freedom of being restored in Christ.
Be in Constant Conversation with Christ
By deciding to follow Christ, we are surrendering our lives to Him. For Him to have control, we have to be in conversation with Him so that we can hear His will for us, and we can talk to Him about the things we are wrestling with in our days. Talk to your Father, get to know Him, and allow Him to know the desires and insecurities that you have.
Surround Yourself with the Church
We were created to be in relationship with our Creator and also in relationship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to surround ourselves with the Church. Church is not a building where we go to worship once, maybe twice, a week, bur rather the Church is the people of God. We are called to be in community with one another—encouraging one another and worshiping out Creator, together.
Rest in the Sovereignty of Our Lord
God knows the things that we are going through. He knows what we struggle with and what we are striving towards. When you get anxious or when fear begins to overwhelm you, rest in the restoration you have experienced in God. God is with you through everything you experience. He has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us, to guide us. Our God will never leave us nor forsake us, and when we die we will be with our Father for eternity. Rest in these truths throughout the chaos of your day.
These points are not a list of “or else” things. I mean, these are not things you must check off in order to be in right relationship with God. Rather, when I think about ways I can ground myself in the restoration I have in Christ, these are the things I think about. In the mornings when the enemy is fighting for the attention of my heart, here are some weapons I arm myself with to fight.
Remember that you are restored and made new by the one who created the universe. You don’t need to fight to earn your place in His heart, but rather rest in his goodness, grace, and mercy. Fight to share these things in the broken world we live in.