“Now repent of your sins and return to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send to you Jesus, your appointed Messiah, for he must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised… ”
Acts 3:19 (NLT)
In this computer and smart phone age everyone knows what it is like for a device to get stuck or overloaded and hit the refresh button. It’s a great feeling after something has gone wrong or gotten stuck to be able to start it over again!
I was thinking about it, this year on October 31st, as we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, that throughout history God has hit the refresh button when things have gotten off course. He often inspires reformers to come along and bring about much needed change! Martin Luther was a simple monk that he used that way to help the church get back on track in important areas again!
When you look at the world we are living in today we can certainly use another Reformation! All you have to do is look around and see that we need a refresh in many areas of life. Our government, healthcare, business, media, entertainment, sports, arts, ethnic relations, education, church, family and many other systems are all in need of reformation and refreshing from God.
But where do you start? Real Godly change only comes one person, one heart at a time. And that starts with you and me. In the above verse from Acts chapter 3, God gives us some insight. In the New Living translation, there happens to be five words that start with the letter R that give us real encouragement. (I love the way God helps me to remember his points!)
Repent – from our sins or anything off track in our lives
Return – to God and his way of doing things
Refresh – God will refresh us with his presence
Remain – with Jesus who remains with God until the time of his return
Restore – God will in time restore things the way he always intended them to be!
So take courage and allow God to be a reformer in your life! And wherever He may send you, may you bring His reformation and refreshing to many others!
Be a reformer for Christ!