God’s Embroidery

God’s Embroidery

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.

She would smile at me, look down and gently say, “My son, you go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side.”

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear mother’s voice say, “Son, come and sit on my knee.”

This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. Then, mother would say to me, “My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing.”

Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, “Father, what are You doing?” He has answered, “I am embroidering your life. I say, “But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can’t they all be bright?”

The Father seems to tell me, “‘My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side.”

Meditation: ‘Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity;’ – Job 10:8

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Live A Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.

Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.

So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.

Even your gender and skin colour will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence, but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance, but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

Meditation: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

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Purpose: Sent to Absorb the Consequences of Sin

Purpose: Sent to Absorb the Consequences of Sin

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

Another mission of Jesus on earth was to bear the consequences of our sins, so we can be acquitted of them and we can have a clean slate before God. We probably know some of the grievous consequences of sin; sin reduces, hinders, destabilises and cuts us short; it aborts dreams and destiny as well as sides us up for nemesis on earth and judgement in heaven.

But, the truth is God is neither interested in keeping the record of our sins, nor is He zealous about clamping down on anyone on account of sin. He would rather that we live blamelessly and maintain a right standing in life because, in actuality, our sins do no harm to Him whatsoever; they only affect us and fellow humans.

However, since it is practically impossible for us to live without sinning, which disconnects from God, He demonstrated His good faith toward us by sending His son, Jesus Christ, to come and be the once-for-all sacrificial Lamb and propitiation for our sin. Jesus thus offered Himself to be wounded, bruised, chastised and hung on the cross in our stead, so that we can be rid of the sin label and we can have uninhibited access to God in fellowship.

Jesus, therefore, has taken upon Himself the certain wounds, bruises, chastisements and floggings which each of us should have endured on account of our sins. By bearing our retributions upon Himself He offered us in return peace of mind to function without scruples as well as the physical, mental and emotional health we need to thrive.

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Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows (2)

Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows (2)

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; – Isaiah 53:4

Apart from coming to address the root of our pains and sorrows, Jesus also came to take away our actual sorrows and griefs when we experience such. He does this by taking our place and bearing the weights of our failures, depression, sadness, mourning, grief, weaknesses, and other vicissitudes of life; whilst offering us His peace and comfort in return.

However, He does this only to those who consciously invite Him into their situation and consciously surrender their condition to Him. That is why you often hear or read about people saying that they experienced an indescribable peace as soon as they called upon Jesus concerning some nagging matter in their lives.

But, remember the catch, He ministers solace only to those who call on Him. That is why He graciously threw an open invitation to everyone saying, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

Therefore, even if you find yourself legitimately in mess on account of your mistake or an error in judgement, your case is not beyond His control, as He has declared in His word that, “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be delivered” (Isaiah 49:25). No matter the situation, He is up to it.

Jesus has come to bear our grief and sorrows, and He has successfully accomplished all that He came to do on earth. We only short-change ourselves when we take on the beatings of life on our own and commit nothing to Him.

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Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows

Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; – Isaiah 53:4

Captured in the Bible verse above is another important assignment of Jesus Christ on earth: He came to bear the griefs and sorrows of humankind. He came to take what is causing pain and sadness in our lives in exchange for a better deal. He came to offer us a better exchange, replacing gloom with joy, lack with abundance, grief with laughter, and a loser mentality with a winning one, among others.

Man plummeted to an unimaginable low after the fall in the Garden of Eden, whilst every indulgence in sin afterwards further sinks us in estate and increases the resistance to our progress. But God’s agenda has never been for us to operate at reduced capacity, that was why He had to send Jesus to come restore us to the heights He had planned for us from the beginning of time. And if we must attain such heights, then such weights as grief, depression, guilt, sorrows, sin-consciousness and others must be set aside (Hebrews 12:1), so that we are free to soar and glorify God in the process.

Now this is better said than done because while it is natural to fall into sin and experience its debilitating effects, it takes a supernatural process to wiggle out of the entanglements of sin and operate above it. It is that supernatural task, which humans cannot undertake themselves, that Jesus came to do on our behalf, taking up our misery and shame and passing on to us His joy and glory.

He took our sins upon Himself and bore all the condemnation for them at the cross so that we are not hindered by their earthly nemesis nor face their eternal consequences. That way, we can live to our fullest potential on earth and still be with our Father in heaven when the earth is no more.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Restore Israel

Purpose: Sent to Restore Israel

And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, So that Israel is gathered to Him. – Isaiah 49:5

Another purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ was to restore Israel back to God.

The people of Israel have always occupied a special place in the heart of God. Even after numerous sins and retributions, as recorded in the Bible, they remain very dear to God. Having called them out of other nations through Abraham, their ancestor, whom He promised a son to who would, in turn, be progenitor to these special people, He has kept faith with them through the ages – establishing and renewing His covenants with them, sustaining and protecting them, answering them whenever they called as well as starting the Agenda of Salvation with them; “for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22).

Despite the many overtures of God, the Israelites were notorious for running afoul of His precepts. The Bible is replete with instances of their up-and-down relationship with God, with various degrees of chastisement that usually followed their violation – the height of which was banishment from the land promised to them and their having to serve as slaves in foreign lands.

Yet, God still orchestrated their return back to the Promised Land and was with them in the process of rebuilding that ensued after that. Nonetheless, their relationship with God was characteristically feisty such that He had to embrace non-Jews, otherwise called the Gentiles, in a covenanted relationship, with all the perks that were originally meant for the Jews thrown into the equation (read Romans 11).

However, God has not given up on His chosen people, Israel, and restoring them to Himself was one of the reasons He sent His beloved Son to the earth (Romans 10). Indeed, God does not give up on anyone; but desires that all may come to Him for own good.

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