By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
In the puzzle of life every piece is important towards its completeness. As a part of the puzzle (as a believer in Christ) one needs to be a willing vessel of the Lord; to be placed wherever God desires.
Some pieces of the puzzle may be larger or more colorful; shining forth as bright lights, and more prominent in statute. Others may be less noticeable, seemingly unimportant, but all are important towards the completion of God's desire for mankind.
A prophecy given: Do you expect me to build my house if not one stone is willing to carry the other? In building, the foundation carries the whole house, but one stone is build upon another and if every stone wants to be at the top of the building, or at least where it can be seen, and is not willing to be placed where the master builder wishes to place the stone, it is impossible to build with such unsurrendered stones.
One needs to have a willingness to be utilized as the Lord sees fit in His kingdom. There is a much larger picture (or puzzle) that man cannot identify with; unless a willingness to be used as God deems necessary, is grasped. Such a willingness helps shape the necessary piece to be applied to the puzzle of life.
Scripture reveals that the body is not one member, but many (as that of a puzzle). And if the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; it is therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were the eye, where were the hearing? If the whole body were hearing, where were the smelling? But now has God set the members every one of them in the body (or the puzzle of life), as it has pleased him (1 Corinthians 12:14-18).
A bible commentary stated: The members of the natural body, as they are all made and fashioned by God in the form they be, so they are each of them set by him in the place they are; everyone of them in the body as it has pleased him; according to his sovereign will, without consulting any; for the greatest service and usefulness to the whole body. So God, and not man, has set every member in the body, the church, some in a higher, others in a lower station, but all for the good of the body.
Scripture reveals: The eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you: nor again the head to the foot, I have no need of you (1 Corinthians 12:21). A bible commentary noted: The head, which is the seat of the senses, and is superior to, and has the command and government of all the members of the body, cannot say to the lowest parts of it, the feet, you are needless and useless.
So those that are set in the first place in the church, are over others in the Lord, and have the rule over them, cannot say to those, that they are of no use or service to them; they can no more be without them, than the head can be without the feet, or generals without soldiers.
Likewise, a puzzle could never be completed without all the pieces falling into their proper place in God's puzzle of life.
Scripture reveals that one is to walk worthy of the vocation (or placement) wherewith you are called (Ephesians 4:1). It also reveals the reason for such placement: For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
No matter whether one is a large, or small piece of the puzzle; colorful, or not colorful; one is to be obedient to their placement in God's puzzle of life.
The apostle Paul wrote: Do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10). Paul was willing to be utilized in whatever capacity the Lord placed him in.
Paul was greatly used of God. However, he may have at times, as we all have experienced, felt as if little was being accomplished. This may very well be when one's greatest accomplishments for the Lord is being done! Paul was not out to please men; but Christ, who had marvelously saved him on the road to Damascus.
Paul, previously known as Saul, had persecuted the church; prior to his conversion to Christ. Even in such a capacity he still was a future part of the puzzle of life; later to fit perfectly into that puzzle. He testified; towards the end of his life:
I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course (or race), I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
Maybe you are presently out of the realm of God's desire for you. Maybe you have yet to be shaped into the proper fit for God's puzzle of life. Maybe you have not made a confession of faith; are still being entertained by the world of sin.
Scripture reveals that God is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Once a decision for Christ is made (John 3:16) one becomes a workable part of God's puzzle of life; provided through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture reveals the importance of such a decision: He that believes on him (the Lord Jesus Christ) is not condemned; but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).
In a sin-ridden condition; one is not a pliable piece for God's puzzle of life. That is not God's desire; He wants to fashion you, into a vessel unto His kingdom; ending with eternal life in Christ Jesus His Son. If you have not already made a confession of faith in Christ; please do so today!
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