Friday, 1 May 2015

The Perfect Fit

I wouldn't normally take a photo of a stone wall outside someones house, but when I saw the workmanship of the one in my picture I had to stop and admire the way in which a real craftsman had built it. Stones of different sizes, shapes and colours all fitted together perfectly to make something beautiful.

The Bible tells us that we like living stones are being built together to make a spiritual house(1 Peter 2:5). God is the ultimate master craftsman and knows exactly where and how each individual fits into his grand scheme, but it is also important that we co-operate with Him in His plan.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Seeing the gold or seeing the cracks

Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Galatians 4:19 NLT

There is a story in the New Testament about a man called John Mark. This young fellow not only divided opinion, but he also divided an effective apostolic partnership when Paul and Barnabas fell out over whether or not to take him on their next mission trip. Paul had felt let down by John Mark when he failed to complete the previous journey with them, and clearly felt that he didn't have what it took to make it in the ministry. Barnabas strongly disagreed with Paul and refused to write the young man off because of his previous failure, and so the two co-workers parted company and went their separate ways (Acts 15:40). It is so good to read later that Paul had changed his mind and specifically sent for the same young man who he had come to consider "useful to him" (2 Timothy 4:11). 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Ever feel like an ugly duckling?

"Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it."
1 Corinthians 12:27

We all know the story from childhood about the duckling who didn't really fit with the rest of the ducks because he was so different. It was only when he was recognised as a swan did he fully become what he was always meant to be. Most people go through their entire life never really knowing what they were created for, and sadly this is also true of many Christians. The Bible says that every born again believer is a part of Christ's body, and therefore everyone has a distinct role to play and mission to fulfil. The idea that church is divided into a clergy (full time professionals) and a laity (the rest) is not a biblical concept, but unfortunately that is still how many people view the church which is why many Christians go through life feeling unfulfilled. When you discover the role that God has made you for and begin to function in it, you will find that your Christian life moves up a gear and God's purposes are advanced in the process.

So how do we find out what we are and grow up to be what God meant us to be? Here are some keys to help us on the journey.