Today in the 31-Day Challenge we read…
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.” Acts 3:19-21
When Adam and Eve sinned so long ago, it didn’t just affect human beings. It affected everything …. people, our planet, cultures, and even the very systems of the world. But, as Jonathan Edwards said, “God’s design was perfectly to restore all the ruins of the fall.” And guess what, all things means ALL things. God wants to use His people in all places, at all times, to restore all things so that, through Christ, times of refreshing may come for everything. Through your vocation, God has placed you in a specific sphere of influence so that He can right what was made wrong by the fall. Will you join him in making all things new in the circle where he has placed you?
Your challenge for today is to read the quote below from John Piper and then answer the following question: What part of renewal am I personally most in need of, and in what ways might God use me as an agent of change?
“When God makes all things new, he will make us spiritually and morally as pure as flawless crystal, he will give us a body like the body of his glory, he will renovate all creation to take all futility and evil and pain out of it, and finally he himself will come to us and let us see his face. And so forever and ever we will live with pure hearts and glorious bodies on a new earth in the presence and the glory of our heavenly Father.” – John Piper
For more about how God is making all things new, check out the full sermon by John Piper.