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.

1. Realise that you were chosen with a purpose. The Bible tells us that we are his workmanship and that he has a clear, distinct and a good plan for our lives (Ephesians 2:10). That fact alone should give us peace and security. Not only that, but we should have a sense of hope and even excitement and what God has for us. The world tries to tell us that life is pointless and that our very existence has no real purpose, but God says otherwise. It is only in Christ that we can find our true purpose and meaning.

2. Understand His methods. Even the stones in the picture needed some of the rough edges knocked off to fit perfectly. God shapes us and prepares us for our destiny through discipleship. He puts ministries in our lives that will help to bring us to maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). He puts us in situations that will help to form the godly character that He requires in us (James 1:2-4). He speaks to us through His word and His Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It is important to remember that the process of shaping us can be painful at times, but is always ultimately for our good (Hebrews 12:5-10).

3. Submit yourself to his plan. With all that in mind the best thing that a person can do is to give themselves wholly and completely to His plan. The Bible tells us that true worship of our saviour is to present ourselves as living sacrifices, wholly pleasing to Him. To not allow the world to shape our thinking and our ideals, but to have our minds transformed to the way that God thinks. In so doing we will find His good, pleasing and perfect will for our lives (Romans 12:1-2).

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