And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. – Romans 5:9-11 (NLT)
I am anticipating the delivery of a new computer today. I have learned that you can save a significant amount of money by buying computers that have been refurbished by the manufacturer. These are computers that were purchased and then returned to their maker because they were defective or unwanted. The manufacturer then restores these computers and resells them with a full warranty.
As I reflected on this today I realized that we are a lot like these refurbished computers. We are all born with a defect called sin. We must be returned to our maker to be restored through the blood of Christ. We experience rejection and abuse and need to be renewed so that we can carry out the purpose for which we were created. God restores us and redistributes us with the promise of a full warranty. We have been brought back to our original condition through the blood of Christ and we have been certified as functional and whole by the stamp of the Holy Spirit.
I pray that you know the joy of being refurbished in Christ today. The Lord is waiting to make you whole again and to reveal His purpose for your life. God loves you infinitely and offers His forgiveness and friendship. We simply have to recognize and admit our sin and return to Him to be made better than new through faith in Christ’s work on the cross.
Dear Lord, thank you for refurbishing me in Christ. I admit that I have sinned and that I need the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life to show me how to live for you. Thank you for making me whole again and for your incredible offer of friendship. I rejoice in you alone.