Thursday, May 27, 2010

Something Far Greater Than Ourselves

In my opinion, there are some things about being a follower of Christ that outweigh other areas of the faith...at least in my life (i.e. God's grace, Christ's sacrifice, salvation, sanctification (Romans 6:20-22), justification (Romans 3:27-31), prayer, God's word, and the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-3)).

Thankfully, my King has provided for me so many amazing people who encourage me on a daily basis! Praise God! Last night, I received a thoughtful text from my sister in law (and in Christ), Sarah, regarding Romans 4:5 and today, I opened my email to find a lovely note from another sister in Christ, Karen, about being "Part of Something Bigger". Both were EXACTLY what I needed to hear, of course.

John Piper wrote in his book RUTH,
"God’s purposes for his people is to connect us to something far greater than ourselves. God wants us to know that when we follow him, our lives always mean more than we think they do. Naomi had no idea in the land of Moab that God was making her the ancestor of the Messiah. For the Christian there is always a connection between ordinary events of life and the stupendous work of God in history.

Everything we do in obedience to God, no matter how small, is significant. It is part of a cosmic mosaic that God is painting to display the greatness of his powers and kingdom to the world and to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10). A deep satisfaction of the Christian life is that we are not given over to trifles. Serving a widowed mother in law, gleaning in a field, falling in love, having a baby—for the Christian these things are connected to eternity. They are part of something so much bigger than they seem" (p. 121).

I wish I could write my story, in its entirety, here. But God's work is not finished yet and the piece of the mosaic that is my life is incomplete. I try to document what God is doing during various seasons however the whole picture, the painting of many brush strokes, is in progress and still appears to me as a big mess. What a comfort to know and be reminded all of it is for eternity and His glory!
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