A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Forever Restored”
Has any company captured the imagination of technology and the marketing niche as well as Apple? As I write this devotional, the new iPhone is set to be released and the Internet and airwaves are all abuzz. People with the current version are salivating for newer and better. Are their current phones broken? Not at all, but we are a culture obsessed with novelty (at least my 21st century slice of suburban America subculture).
We love new things. There is something about new clothes, a new car, house, or gadget that excites. The promise of bigger televisions, smaller phones, faster processors, louder speakers, and quieter cars allures and entices. Innovation is intoxicating. Unfortunately, it is also insatiable.
In this present world, no one stays young and nothing remains new. The latest soon becomes faded, fragile, and is soon forgotten. A day, week, month, or year later, we have grown tired of our new toy and are ready for an upgrade. Such ceaseless seeking is truly vanity of vanities, as the writer of Ecclesiastes would say.
In this session, we are talking about the consummation of God’s redemptive plan in which He restores His people fully and finally. But unlike our experience of new things in this age, the newness of eternity is perpetually fresh and exciting. We will see that this future restoration involves the wholeness of who we are—body and soul. In addition, we will see how this future work of God compels us into mission today.
Pause and Reflect
• Read 1 Corinthians 15 to get an overview of where we will be focusing in this session.
• Not all cultures have consistent access to novel devices and consumer goods, but the longing for something new and different still seems universal. What does this inherent desire imply about human nature?
• Spend some time preparing your heart for this lesson by thinking and maybe even journaling about your expectation and hope for God’s final and full restoration of His children.