My favorite prophet is Jeremiah because of his great love and concern for the restoration and salvation of his people. We can see this same mindset in the Lord (Matthew 23:37) and in Paul (Romans 10:1; Romans 11:14; 1 Corinthians 9:22). We should have the same mindset as well (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
Pardon my tardiness on responding to the daily nudge, “What needs to be restored?” I’ve been on business travel, but did want to respond. I think this is a very important question and one we should be constantly asking ourselves. After all, we are commanded to examine ourselves.
I believe one of the biggest things that needs to be restored is zeal and enthusiasm for Christ, His church, and His mission. It has been said that 80% of the work in any congregation is done by 20% of the members. Sadly, this does seem to be the norm. So many seem to think that showing up when the doors are open (or worse, once a week to take the Lord’s supper) is all that is required of them. Zealous people are not pew-warmers. Zealous people will be as the early church, teaching everywhere they go. If we are on fire for the Lord, then the church WILL grow. I fear we as God’s people are very much lukewarm and complacent. That needs to change, or the Lord will spew us out of His mouth!
In Matt. 28:19 the disciples were commanded to “Go make disciples”. This does not mean for us to invite them to our building to worship with us as is being practice by many congregations. Large magnificent building are built for the purpose of attracting people. We need to go back to the “Go” in making disciples. A lot more preachers and missionaries could be supported if some congregations would do with less grandeur.
Another area we need to go back to is in the area of benevolence. Paul made benevolence a secondary mission of the NT church. It seems the only time we see the church as a whole get excited about benevolence is when there are disasters from hurricanes or earthquakes. However the sending of a few dollars to help a Christian family is ignored. I have come to believe some of the difference is grandeur. Just my two cents. Late but…..
What still needs restoring? Living the Christian life faithfully needs restoring. Very often people are concerned so much with the “minimum” needed to be done to be acceptable to God, when Jesus taught, “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 5:20). That kind of living requires more of us than just the “minimum daily allowance” of devotion we sometimes think we’re supposed to give.