Have you ever had fresh mango or any seasonal fruit out of season? With mangoes, I usually get a slap on my cheeks because the mango tastes sour. When we transact in season, fruit is cheaper and juicier, but when we buy out of season, fruit is expensive and sour or tasteless. Things have seasons and purposes have times.1 In the purpose of God, this is a time of refreshing and a season of restoration.
One day as Peter and John were going to the temple, they saw a lame man by the Beautiful Gate. They commanded him to walk and miraculously, he did. People were astonished. Peter told them that they were also eligible for times of refreshing that would lead to seasons of restoration.2
In the purpose of God, this is a time of refreshing and a season of restoration.
It’s easy to get distracted by the current economic outlook and the news, but we must not remain ignorant of what God is doing. Sometimes we tend to absolve ourselves of any responsibility to seek God’s will with placebos like: Lord, have your way; Lord, your will be done. We even bind and lose without ascertaining God’s will in the matter.3 If we align ourselves with what God is doing and declare it, we will walk in it. We are living in a time where God is restoring all things.
Restoration is different from repair. Restoration is bringing something back to the original intent in the heart of God, while repair is fixing something broken so that although it is manageable, it is unlike the original. Think about a classic car like a Porsche 959. If we want to restore it to its original state today, we would do so using the latest technology. This means that the restored car will be better than the original because the rider will enjoy a superior driving experience. That’s why restored cars are more expensive.
The man at the Beautiful Gate was lame from birth so when Peter commanded him to walk, he experienced something he never had before. True restoration sets us up to experience something new, but a repair brings us to a place of functional utility after damage.
Restoration is bringing something back to the original intent in the heart of God.
Restoration is always the product of love. Research on car restorers’ shows that they don’t take on restoration projects for mere financial gain because the process is arduous, painstaking, and expensive. They are emotionally connected to the cars they restore. It is an act of lavish grace. The man at the Beautiful Gate was looking for alms just to get by, but love gave him a resurrection. If you are expecting restoration, prepare for something you’ve never had before.
God wants to restore us to a glory that’s greater than what Adam had before he fell.4 Jesus prayed for us to be restored to his own glory.5 Your expectations concerning the length of your life and the possibilities at every phase of your life must change because your destination is glory. Often, what we imagine about ourselves is based on our past and present circumstances, but revelation changes our understanding of what is possible.6 When we get a revelation of Jesus, we will be like him.
Restoration is never based on the actions of the recipient, but always on the love of the restorer. We are God’s workmanship, products of his design.7 The plans for our restoration did not originate from us, but from him. If we embrace every aspect of his restoration, we will enter a new sphere of life.