The word restore means, “return something to previous condition: to bring something back to an earlier and better condition.”
I believe that the church in general is in need of restoration. Personal spiritual restoration and cooperate spiritual restoration. There needs to be a restoring of the anointing of God in our lives, the church and in our ministry. There needs to be a restoring of our burden for the lost, a restoring of our compassion, a restoring of our desire for God’s house, and to work for God. There needs to be a restoring of our effectiveness, a restoring of our faithfulness, a restoring of the manifest presence of God etc.
We have gotten away from the true principles and basic ways of what made the church effective. Just because we have a large congregation doesn’t always mean the church is effective. It may be effective in reaching numbers of people, but is it effective in reaching souls and causing them to mature in the faith?
I believe that it is God’s desire for His church to begin seeking Him today so that we can catch HIS vision for what He wants to do through HIS Church. It is sad to say, but many churches have turned away from the original vision God gave to them. I have never been part of a church that hasn’t struggled with that in some manner. But just because we may lose sight for a time of “who” we are, and “what” God has called us to do doesn’t mean that God is finished with us.
Today, let us Renew Our Commitment Haggai 1:12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and the entire remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. So the people feared the Lord.
The people heard the word of the Lord and they renewed their commitment to the vision once again. I believe that God is calling us, as a people, to renew our commitment to the vision again. This means:
If you have stopped praying for the lost, you will commit to start praying again.
If you have stop evangelizing, you will start again.
If you have fallen into sin, you will repent before the Lord.
If you have grown stagnant, and have lost the personal vision God has given to you, you will commit yourself to be discipled and to grow.
Let us respond to God’s call to return to the vision. Let us be like the people in Haggai’s generation who heeded the voice of God and repent of our lack of faith and of our disobedience. Let us come before God today in a spirit of brokenness.