Friday, July 21, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


People of God: Ambassadors of Christ

Joann Johnson
St. John’s MTC, NY

18 “Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”


 Do you ever feel like you need God to restore your life at times? If you do, know that you’re not alone. We may have this need of restoration because something has been missing in our lives. There are moments where we feel that our life is complete but it can be quickly overshadowed by the thought that we have a greater purpose that has yet to be accomplished. When we feel that something is missing or diminished in our life, it triggers different thoughts in our minds. We begin to feel restless, lost and helpless and try to come up with solutions to get rid of this feeling.

As I was reading the Bible passage, the verse mentioned above, “Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved” stood out to me the most. Why? Well, for one thing, it’s mentioned not once, but three times. The psalmist is praying to God for restoration when they were invaded by their enemies. But what does it mean to be restored by God? The dictionary definition for the word restore is “to bring back to or put back into a former or original state” but God doesn’t just bring us back to our original state; He wants to make us better than we were before. That’s how God wants us to be. Our God gives us the free will to make choices each day. We can choose to complain about a difficult situation and still remain in the same condition or we can choose to praise God despite our circumstances and try to better ourselves spiritually.  

When we make the decision to invite Jesus into our life, we begin to feel God working on restoring us. When God restores us, we have a more meaningful relationship with Him. The feeling of being restless and lost is suddenly replaced by peace, joy and love from our Lord. When we experience this change, we should be able to share this with others, so that they too, can experience God in their lives.

When we share our testimonies and the love God has for us to others, we become ambassadors of Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we are all called to be servants living under the authority of Jesus, to be able to do His will. God restores us so that we may go out and spread His word to others so that they may be restored as well. Being an ambassador for Christ is a great position that God gives us, even though the world may not perceive it to be that way. Actions speak louder than words; people won’t listen to us unless we are able to practice what we preach, with the way we live in our lives.

PRAYER

Lord, thank You so much for being a loving and forgiving God, a God who not only restores us but helps us to realize and accomplish the greater purpose we have in this world. Help us to be Your ambassadors and share Your message to others, so that they too can be restored. Father, we ask this in Your Holy name. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
When the Christian faith becomes defined by who we are and what we do and not by who Christ is and what he did for us, we miss the gospel - and we, ironically, become more disobedient.”  - Tullian Tchividjian