Definition of renovate (transitive verb)
1: to restore to a former better state (as by cleaning, repairing, or rebuilding)
2: to restore to life, vigor, or activity : REVIVE
As you may know we have started renovating our sanctuary and foyer at Aurora Cornerstone. Even though we’re still in early stages of the renovation, things are starting to take shape. For months we have seen the pictures posted in our present foyer to give us an idea of what the finished product will look like.
Just recently I came across this scripture, Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago;” and in light of our church’s renovation, I realized the significance of what Paul was saying to the believers. Where it says, “He has created us anew”, caught my attention. I have been asking the Lord to take me deeper in my relationship with Him, and to open my eyes to things I have never seen before in His Word with a deeper understanding. I believe the Lord took me serious when I read this scripture.
Let’s re-read Ephesians 2:10, with the lens of a Master Builder. The genius of God’s new creation work in each believer is that He renovates the nature of His redeemed children to make good things a living possibility.
At the moment, our church’s renovation has been suspended until distancing restrictions are redefined and the construction crew can resume the project. The renovation is going nowhere at the moment! Have you ever felt like you have hit a wall in your spiritual walk with God?
Maybe it’s time to renovate?
Here are some ideas that come to mind, I’m sure you could add many more, salvation (re-dedication), water baptism, baptism in the Holy Spirit, serving in some capacity like, Sunday school, Kids’ Clubs, Connect Groups, writing a blog, or simply sharing our faith.
“To make good things a living possibility” a continual, living, eternal possibility, we need to be renovated, to impact those God puts in our path, at home, at work, at church or wherever our day takes us. We impact others, not in our own strength, but through the creative working power of Jesus in us!
Philippians 1:6 says, “and I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns”. Philippians reassures us that we can trust God to accomplish the good work He has begun in us, because the cause is bigger than us. The renovation at Aurora Cornerstone is bigger than brick and mortar.
Accomplishing the good work is evidence of a process. Our faith and walk with God hopefully has become stronger more effective in influencing our world for Kingdom purposes.
Aurora Cornerstone (the body of Christ) has been producing evidence of good works for the past 30 years. And the current renovation will allow MORE good things to become a living possibility. Allowing God to renovate us makes more room for Him to love people through us, just as the renovation at AC will make more room for loving, teaching and training the people God loves to send us!
Submitted by Lorrie Lucas