July 25, 2021
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with y o u . ” ( 2 Corinthians 13:11, ESV)
From time to time, I get a chance to do some restoration work. I’m not sure I enjoy doing it myself as much as I like watching someone else do it. While living in Rockport, TX, some friends asked me to come by their home and look at a project (an old pie safe) that they felt was just too much for them to take on. I walked into their garage and was shown a pile of what looked like scrap wood and was asked, “What do you think?” My first response was, “Strike a match.” Then as I began to look closer it looked even worse. This pie safe came to them from a dear friend, and they really did not want to throw it out ,so I accepted the challenge and we loaded up the pile of pieces.
The first order of business was to take inventory of what was there. It was like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Many of the parts had damage on them, some were missing, and some pieces were just beyond repair. Little by little the assembly work proceeded, and the missing parts were reproduced. The challenge was not just to cut a piece that would fill the void but one that would match the original so that it did not look like a patch job. After many hours of labor, it was a complete pie safe.
Even though my first impression of this project was that it would not be worth the time and effort, when the task was completed, it looked new, and I had a vision in my mind about the type of finish to put on it. However, they did not know what kind of finish they wanted so, it was returned to them completely reassembled but unfinished. To this day I have no idea what kind of finish they applied.
Old pie safes are not the only things that break down with the passing of time. The other night my wife, after putting our granddaughter to bed, was getting up off the floor. Our granddaughter asked, Grammy, are you alright? Ava replied, “Yes, I can get up just fine, it just takes a little work.” To which our four-year-old granddaughter sweetly replied, “And you are getting old.” “Yes, I am getting old.”
I wish it was only as easy and painless to repair lives as it was an old pie safe. However, there is one who can take the most broken down of all humans and restore them to better than new. God wants to restore everyone but will only work with the obedient. His restoration will not be like one done by any man and full of flaws. God’s restoration will be flawless.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10, ESV)
Thanks for listening and keep on shining. —Scott
“There is no partiality with God” (Rom. 2:11).
“All men are created equal” (Declaration of Independence).
People are different and life is not fair. No government program can change this. These may be cold hard facts but they are the truth. God did not make everyone the same. He could have made us all with the same color of eyes and hair. He could have made us all with the same height and weight. But each one of us is unique. Everything from our fingerprints to the sound of our voice makes us special. Life is full of advantages and disadvantages. No one is everything
Life is full of advantages and disadvantages. No one is everything he would like to be. Some are stronger than others. Some are smarter. Some are more attractive. Some have better health and live longer. We can either spend our lives comparing ourselves to others or we can listen to God and be content with who we are.
Men have advantages over women and women have advantages over men. God made us male and female (Gen. 1:27). People can try to change that all they want but they will never succeed regardless of how many laws they pass or how much they protest. Women have babies and men grow beards. Men are better at doing some things and women are better at doing others. If someone says this is unfair then he needs to take up the matter with the Creator.
Never before have we heard so much talk about equality. Most of it is about money. Many people think they are entitled to have what others have. They resent anyone having more than they do. Even if the politicians they trust could give everyone the same level of income, there would still be the haves and the have nots. Some would save their income and others would waste it. Circumstances would help to make some rich and others poor. Jesus said there will always be poor people (Mark 14:7). Marxist politicians promise equality and an end to poverty, but their standard of living is not equal to everyone else’s. It is above it.
The Bible says, “You shall not covet…anything that is your neighbor’s” (Deut. 5:21). It does not matter if that neighbor is greedy. What he has is his and we have no right to it. That is why another one of the Tent Commandments says, “You shall not steal” (Deut. 5:19). Private property is biblical.
People will never be equal in physical ways. We are equal, however, in the sight of God. That is because we have a soul that is made in the image of God. All men are equal in that all can be saved. “God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:34-35). If people would think more about this they wouldn’t be complaining about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. Anyone who obeys can have treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21). That is real equal opportunity.
West End church of Christ