Knitting can be an intricate task that requires an eye for detail. It can produce beautiful works. Exhibit A – go look in the mirror. God knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Before He formed you in the womb He knew you, before you were born He set you apart (Jeremiah 1:5). You are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14).
You are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
But here’s the thing, sin taints the masterpieces we are. It causes God’s purpose in us to become distorted, stained and defiled. For this reason, Christ came into the world to wash our sins “white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18). He came to undo the effects of sin and He succeeded.
Our sins are washed white when we become a new creation in Christ by:
- Deciding we no longer desire to live in sin (yes, it’s a choice);
- Accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and acknowledging Him as the Son of God who died, was buried and rose again;
- Accepting the free gift of forgiveness and salvation offered through Jesus Christ.
Our slate is wiped clean. If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Now comes the best-but-not-so-easy part!
Trees are pruned by cutting away the dead or overgrown branches or stems to support growth. God needs to prune us from all the dead things attached to us and the things that stop us from growing into the image of Christ. This can be a difficult, even painful process but fear not, God is HEALER. Once He prunes the trees in your garden, even uproots some that shouldn’t have been planted there, He will heal the ground and get to work building upon the right foundation.
When we surrender all aspects of our life to God, God can work at full capacity to help us get rid of anything that is not like Him and teach us in His ways.
When an artist begins painting, it’s not always clear what the image is or what it will be. There’s a brushstroke here, some paint over there. We don’t have the full picture but we can see something is happening. Something that requires patience, determination and effort.
Similarly, when God is at work in us, it’s not always clear what God is doing in us and that’s where we need to develop our faith and trust in God – that even though we don’t understand and can’t see the full picture, we trust Him.
And again, like the painting, the transformation of our lives requires patience, determination and effort. It doesn’t happen all at once. Imagine if you were moved from one country to another or one career to another without any notice. It would be overwhelming and confusing. We wouldn’t be able to process it all and God knows this. Instead, God works quietly and patiently within us. He gently invites us to change and to spend time with Him, getting to know Him and His ways through His Word. It’s an invitation we choose to accept or reject.
Finding our new identity and purpose in Christ requires our obedience to what God desires. God is faithful and just. He will never leave or abandon us and nothing can separate us from His love.
There is a version of ourselves, our true selves in Christ that we do not want to miss out on meeting. The closer we draw to Christ, the closer Christ draws to us.
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)
It all starts with a choice. Have you made yours?
Heavenly Father, help me to trust you even when things don’t make sense. Show me all the ways in me that are not like you. I choose you and I give my life to you. I ask for a heart and mind like yours. Help me to see things from heaven’s perspective and not my own.
In Jesus name, Amen.