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A Passion for Reclamation

By Steve Zimmerman

This past weekend my wife and I had the honor to host a stop on the local holiday tour of

historic homes. Over the past four years we have been building on the previous owner's

rehabilitation of this old 1898 house to make it a more fit and enjoyable place for us. To say the

least, this has been the most interesting home we have ever inhabited!

During the first few months we lived here, both of us were wondering if we truly made a huge

mistake! What were we thinking of, buying a house twice the size of the one we lived in in North

Carolina? Does this old house ever get warm in the winter? What was the poor guy thinking of

when he built that thing there? Will there ever be a remedy for the leaks in the roof? Needless

to say we felt like the Pilgrims arriving in the New World at the worst possible time of the year!

But as we got more accustomed to the house and all its quirks, it became a labor of love to

find ways to continue to restore this house to its intended grand purpose. Sure it still has

some issues – what home doesn’t. Yet we wouldn’t trade this experience for anything now.

This reclamation comes with a cost of money, time and labor. Which got me thinking during this holiday season how God has always been in the process of reclaiming us for his own.

Mankind has been abused by sin and has lost the grandeur of what we were intended to

become. God tried previous workers like prophets and priest in the Old Testament to try to bring us

back to him. But because of Christmas, He now has come to completely restore what we lost in

our rebellion to him. It cost him his only Son in this work so that we can be put back together.

All of his efforts were done out of love for us. He even promised that he would be with us –

Emmanuel! What a great spiritual contractor for our temple as we get reclaimed!

I hope you will join me in these holy days and offer a prayer of thanks for what our Heavenly Father

did by sending Christ to us. If you are like me, I wouldn’t trade my relationship with Him now

for anything in this world!

Steve Zimmerman, the founding partner of the Barnabas Partnership, works alongside churches developing their mission process and small group dynamics. He coordinates the work of the Partnership out of Danville, Virginia. For more information about how he can help you, contact him at 336.214.3958 or
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