When Rebecca and I were first married, we bought an old desk
at an auction. It needed a lot of work
to be restored. There were layers of
paint where previous owners covered up the deteriorating look of the original
wood. It wasn’t easy scraping off the
old paint, we used paint thinners and removers, I bought a scraper and even
then it that took many hours, and lots of muscle to peal away each layer. When we finally reached the wood it was a
beautiful cherry wood desk, with tongue and grove drawers. I sanded the wood, trying to remove scratches
and dents inflicted upon it from years of use.
When it was finished it didn’t look too bad, but being the first attempt
at refinishing, I was not able to bring it back to its original luster.
“For we are His workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus for good works, which God
beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
We are God’s refinishing project.
In the beginning God created, in Christ He is recreating, making right
what man banged up and destroyed. We had
been sold to sin, buried under years of paint and neglect. On the cross he paid for our sin, bought us
out of darkness and slavery, and now has begun the process of stripping away
the layers of our attempts to restore ourselves. Not an easy undertaking, but with God all
things are possible.
If in the beginning God was the source, people created for
relationships, God was the boss, and we all had roles, how has the new life in
Christ begun to restore us to that condition?
God is the source: Colossians 1:16b -18. “All things have
been created through Him and for Him. 17
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18
He is also
head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in
everything.” In Christ we are once again brought into a relationship with the
Father, where we understand that we are not the source of all good things. James 1:17
“Every good thing given and
every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.”
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither
slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one
in Christ Jesus.” The things that have separated
us from the time of the fall are brought together in Christ. We can now enter into loving, caring,
relationships, because we have a new perspective of what is important. Instead of seeking our own will, we seek the
will of God, and the good of others.
God is the boss: Rom.
“But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient
from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.” Since the fall, man has shunned God, and set
himself up as the arbiter of what is right and good. In Christ, we come to understand once again
that God is the boss, and that his rules are meant for our good. We come to realize that God is for us, and if
God is for us who can stand against us?
We all have roles: 1Cor.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same
And there are varieties
of ministries, and the same Lord. 6
There are varieties of effects, but the same
God who works all things in all
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit
for the common good.” Ever since the garden men and women have
fought over the right to be the one in charge, but dominance was never God’s
intention. He has given different roles
to men, women, and children. In Christ
our roles become honorable, they become respectable, and they become an
extension of who are. Most of all, our
roles are tied to our gifts, and those gifts are from God and are good.
As God strips away the layers of false teaching, thinking,
and behaving, He begins to reveal an image, one that bears his stamp. This life is about the restoration process,
about the process of transforming us into the image of Christ Jesus, “Col.
and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge
according to the image of the One who created
him.” I’m just saying….