Interwoven Lives – Interwoven Tapestries
I was texting with a new but great friend of mine this past week. In the conversation, we happened upon yet another thing we have in common. I commented on it because it has really been uncanny. She said, “I love it!!! God is SO cool! Part of our tapestry is interweaving…” She has been reading the Tapestry blogs – or that reference would just be crazy weird! I will just say that it is very obvious that He has brought us together. God has blessed me with so many wonderful Christian friends here in Maine!
Old Testament Threads
God did that for a lady named Naomi in the Old Testament. I’m sure you remember her. It is a lengthy passage so I am only going to include Ruth 1:16-17 here. I encourage you to go back and read this short book again soon. It’s just more evidence that God weaves things together in history for His glory over and over!
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates me from you.”
This is such a lovely and amazing story depicting the love and dedication of a daughter-in-law to her late husband’s mother, but it is more than that. Ruth, who is from another country actually becomes part of the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ because of her determination to stay with Naomi. It is all part of God’s big plan -His tapestry..
New Testament Threads
As Jesus chose His twelve disciples, He put together a very diverse lot. He even chose one who would betray HIm. This betrayal, as scathing and horrible as it was, was part of God’s plan to accomplish our salvation. Along with a betrayer, He also called fishermen, a tax collector, and more. Not only did they have different backgrounds and occupations, but they also had very different personalities. Jesus carefully assembled the twelve men who would walk most closely with Him in His earthly ministry.
He brought a group together that would be woven together in a way that would glorify Him. As they walked together He also weaved their tapestries together. They stayed together after Jesus was crucified, they were together after He rose on the third day, and after He ascended into heaven they were together to start the first Christian church! There were other people nearby, but none were as close to Him as these twelve. They added a new member from the other followers after Judas killed himself and Jesus had ascended. Jesus had put them together and they had a purpose to fulfill. They were to build His church!
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
One Huge Tapestry
Have you had a time when you needed a godly friend, and suddenly you had a new Christian friend come into your life. This friend encouraged you, supported you and lifted you up in prayer. God does this. He puts us together to glorify Him. He is weaving us together in our local Bible-believing churches and in the world-wide Bible-believing church – we are all the Body of Christ. We are not a bunch of small bodies of Christ but one body of Christ on a mission. Our mission: to glorify Him as we encourage and support each other in doing the work that He is calling us to do. We have the same calling that Jesus gave the disciples in Matthew 28:18-20 (quoted above).
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes , in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
A Tapestry of Fellowship
Do you need encouragement today? (If so please comment below.) Is there someone you need to be encouraging today? Is there someone with whom you know you need to be building an encouraging and supportive relationship? As God uses you and me as part of His beautiful tapestry, we can be thankful and know that He has a purpose for us. I encourage you to prayerfully move forward and build these true Christian relationships that He calls you to. This is true Christian fellowship – believers encouraging each other, growing together, lifting each other up in prayer, and serving side by side in this world so that He brings others to Himself through us. Christians, we are the beautiful tapestry that is the Body of Christ.
Things to Ponder:
- Is your life interweaving with other believers for the glory of God?
- Are you allowing God to use you in the area that you are gifted in and called to?
- Let’s seek God today about how He wants to use us together with other believers for His glory.