The Great Restorer

Popular Christian culture tends to develop buzzwords that are passed around from person to person in order to bring the language expressing relationship with Christ to a place that strikes the hearts of others. One such word that has recently stood out to me is the word “wrecked.” If you read Christian blog posts, twitter feeds, or listen to popular contemporary Christian music, then you have most likely read or heard about someone who has been “wrecked by Jesus.” But what does this statement truly mean? Why such extreme language when referring to the impact of a journey with Jesus?

Has there been a time when they feel your life has been wrecked.  regardless of our plans, ideas, or attempts at control, God’s thoughts and ways are so much higher.  Circumstances in what seemed to be ruins, and smashed desires reminds us that Jesus doesn’t wreck our lives as much as he wrecks the illusion that we have any control over our lives.

Jesus is both destroyer and restorer… wrecker and rebuilder. He came in as the original wrecking ball, smashing the wall of Sin that keeps God’s people from His presence, in its place rebuilding a bridge of mercy, forgiveness and relationship as it was originally intended at the onset of creation. Once we belong to Jesus, He walks alongside us on our journey of transformation, experiencing the destruction of our lives that exist because we are in a world that is not our home. While the wreckage from illness, addiction, unplanned pregnancy, job loss, or changes in circumstances is painful and jarring, Jesus is always right there with us. He takes the pieces of our lives and the rubble of our circumstances and rebuilds us into something better than we can ask or imagine.

the pain of wreckage is not minimized, but neither is the opportunity to glorify our God for the beauty of restoration. There is freedom in his restoring work, freedom from the destruction of fear, worry and uncertainty. There is deliverance in his reparation, deliverance from the ruins of addiction, depression, and suffering.

2 Corinthians 3:18, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

Transformation comes from wreckage… each degree is another destruction of something keeping us from the life God intends for us. The goal is freedom and glory. Let us encourage you today with these stories from those who are continuing to fight along side Jesus and the wreckage of lives that have not yet fully transformed. He is not finished rebuilding yet.

Carissa Hardage