Many people think that God’s purpose is to redeem. I disagree. Redemption is the means to make possible His real goal: restoration.
Jesus didn’t die to keep us out of hell. What a timid and tiny goal for an omnipotent God to set! Oh how we desperately underestimate the vastness of our Father. He exists without limits, is not taxed by what is to us “hard” or “bold”. It’s not that ‘nothing is too difficult’; it is that there is no such thing as difficult for I AM. He speaks and it’s done. How hard is it to speak?
As the Trinity exists eternally as Three People with one essence, God’s fervent prayer in the gospel of John was our oneness; oneness with Himself and oneness with each other as is was in the beginning! Restored to oneness in the One in the goal of God’s efforts in our lives!
No, no, no, God is not timid or tiny! He is eagerly about the business of restoring people to fullness and joy! It matters not how shattered you are from life’s blows, how unloved you have been, how addicted you are, how weak or worn or weary… Our God is inexhaustible, and you are now entered into a Constant, an Eternally Effectual Person by the blood of the Lamb.
If you have asked God to cleanse you by the Blood of Jesus, and become the Lord of your life, then the restoring process will begin! You are entered into I AM, sealed by the unbreakable power of the Holy Spirit, and have become the object of God’s unwavering affection and favor.
But how? How does God restore us?
By being who He is… a Father whose wisdom is unsearchable. A nurturing Mother that dries our tears. A Friend that is closer than a brother. A Savior and Deliverer whose arm is mighty to save. In a word, the freedom that comes from trust, aka faith.
- He responds to our needs with positive consistency, creating an emotional picture of a loving Caregiver in our hearts which enables us to trust Him more and more. (Bonding).
- He sets us free from fears and bondage, encouraging us to explore and take risks as we enjoy relational permanence. As we practice our faith, who we are and what He has made us for becomes clearer! (individuation)
- He strengthens and refines our personalities, by allowing failures, asking us to let go of some things that control us, and brings the natural consequences of our choices to teach us wisdom and maturity. (rapprochment)
This life isn’t all there is. In fact, it’s only the tiniest fragment of the Life we have entered into. There is so much more, and God is not in a hurry. He will take His time because time is in His hands. He will do it right, and do it in big, bold, breathtaking glory…