What if we had all the answers to the problems of this world? What if we knew how to live our life?
I have been constantly reminded this past year that we are living in a broken world, and until Jesus returns or we take our final breath, we must continue to be a light in the darkness.
Sometimes we look around our noisy world in confusion. We find ourselves searching desperately for something to fill the void or give us clarity. But worldly plans and material purchases and false promises are quick fixes that won’t ultimately fulfill.
The crazy part is that we already have the answer. We have eternal hope that endures beyond life’s circumstances. Jesus Christ is the perfect and holy answer to all of our questions, and he has given us the perfect example of how to live our lives. His amazing sacrifice gives us free access to our Heavenly Father and abundant life for eternity. His Spirit equips us to walk out our purpose here on earth. And even when we fail to walk with the joy and love offered to us in Christ, his blood covers all our shortcomings.
Living by these foundational truths is extremely hard for us to do, because we like to look for quick fixes and chase idols that bring temporary satisfaction. It actually takes work to stay focused on the simplicity of the gospel. However, it is a calling for us as believers. There are 61 bible verses about foundation and 19 bible verses about spiritual foundation in the Bible. As Christians, we must have a foundation of God’s truth as the basis for our words, actions, plans, and purposes. Apostle Paul speaks of this foundation in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Restore was created to bring these basic and foundational truths back to life, to restore the simplicity and beauty of worship, service, and community. These three purposes are exemplified in Jesus’s life here on earth and will always be the three core values of the Restore ministry.
So what if… what if we lived out these truths in 2018 and for the rest of our lives on earth?
How would your life be different? How could the world be different?
I am beyond excited to see what 2018 holds as I cling the mission that Jesus started when he walked this earth over two thousand years ago. He is the cornerstone, and this year I will build my foundation upon his perfect power, wisdom, and love.