Having been born and raised in the shadow of “Motor City, Michigan”, I may suffer from a genetic or cultural predisposition to having an intense love for automobiles. The number of cars that have been garaged at the Kingsbury household in my forty-four years of driving would likely exceed the wedding dates of King Solomon! Anyway, it is common knowledge that I am passionate about motorcars.
A spark that ignited this flame of sorts was generated one summer day when my birthdays were just entering double digits. I spotted Mr. Truax, our near neighbor, signaling the driver of a tow truck, guiding him as he backed up the driveway of their home to deposit a nearly destroyed Ford automobile into the Truax’ garage. My curiosity led to a conversation where I first heard the word “restoration”. This particular hard top convertible “barn find” with its broken windows and chicken coop like interior was destined to be returned to its original beauty and functionality.
And, indeed, true to his word, the following spring, I stood gawking at the finely polished and beautifully restored machine that had been transformed by the skilled and generous investment of a man who loved cars. That was nearly fifty years ago and I still get a kick out of things that have been re-chromed, rebuilt, and repaired to showroom condition; however, my real excitement now comes from participating in a much bigger restoration project: the ministry of restoring lives.
Galatians 6:1 reminds the spiritual believer that there is a need for their passionate commitment to the restoration of those who have been “overtaken in a fault”. The tools of Reformers Unanimous have proven to be effective in assisting the godly men and women of our churches in their pursuit of assisting the addicted to restoration through a personal and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ and the filling of the Spirit of God.
Now, every week of my life, I have the privilege of “gawking” at the amazing grace and goodness of God in the lives of people who have been ruined and then restored. Broken down people are “towed” into our church and graciously helped by caring Christians encouraging these needy souls to implement biblical truth into their lives for a miraculous transformation that brings a “kick” of excitement of eternal significance!