Restoration versus Rehab

I love watching car shows on TV where they are restoring the classic muscle cars and making them better than new. They will take a backyard rust bucket and turn it into a highly valued and highly desirable, show quality automobile. I love that! There is always potential. If you give them something to work with they can clean it up, heal it up, hop it up, shine it up and crank it up! Restoration is a beautiful thing.

For people, restoration speaks of bringing us back to our original condition for His original purposes. Removing damage, scars, wear and tear in order to restore value, usefulness and enjoyment!

Rehab has the connotation of punishment, failure and slow probationary processes.

God loves restoration. He loves doing a faster, more complete work in our lives. When the Holy Spirit and God’s power kick in, things speed up.

The Holy Spirit is much more about restoration than rehabilitation. God is not interested in rehabing your flesh. He wants to restore your spirit! God is not interested in dressing up your old man. He wants to make you brand new. He is not interested in human improvement. He wants to restore His image in you and make you a new creature in Christ Jesus.

In Psalm 51, after David got messed up with adultery and murder, he wasn’t looking for rehab. He pleaded with God for restoration. Restoration is what God wanted to give him as well. John chapter three tells us we must be born again, we must be born of the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. This is not rehab. This is restoration. In Joel we are told God will restore the years and the things that have been eaten up and destroyed. God will pour out His Spirit upon all people and they will experience restorative spiritual things. God intends to restore us. He wants to bring us back to our original condition. He wants to restore His image and goodness in us. Jesus died so you could have life. Be restored!

Kelly Lineberry is the pastor of The Life Center, located on U.S. Highway 12 outside of Kamiah

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