One late morning, as other late mornings before me, I made coffee for my husband and myself. After bringing him his cup, I settled down in the kitchen with my Bible and began to do my daily reading for that day.
An hour or so later, my husband enters the kitchen, “My coffee is cold,” he said sadly, “I didn’t drink it fast enough.” He then holds up a picture of a coffee cup cozie on his phone, “Maybe you could make me something like this.”
And that is exactly what I did. Well, not exactly like the adorable sheep cozie he showed me, knowing I love sheep… but I made a cozie!
It’s not nearly adorable, but it’s functional. I made several rows of double crochet stitches. I made a little strap with double crochet stitches. Added two buttons, originally intended to be functional, and when I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do, I remembered, “Oh, I have some snap fasteners I can add instead.”
As I was making this project, I wondered, “How does this relate to our life? What are we fastening ourselves to?”
If you haven’t used a snap fastener before, for clothing, they are really small circle pieces, and one-piece fits into the other, thus they snap together. They can be a little tricky to work with because of their size and how well the pieces snap into place.
Our life is like a fastener.
What are we fastening ourselves to in life? Eternity or a temporal life? Where is our gaze? On this life only or do we live between two worlds? We live on this earth, but do we live with an eternal purpose in what we say and do? (2 Corinthians 4:18, Hebrews 11:13)
Jesus died on the cross so that our sins might be forgiven. He is our atonement sacrifice. Through His resurrection, those who are of Christ are justified. Those who truly believe in Jesus, will realize what wretched sinners we are, receive Him, and through the Holy Spirit we confess our sins, and He is faithful and just to forgive us. This relationship continues. We learn knowledge that comes from the word of God, the Bible. Reading and hearing scripture adds to our faith and it sanctifies us. (John 3:16, 17:17 | Romans 3:25, 4:25, 7:24, 10:17 | 1 John 1:09)
It is not by what we do that we are saved, it’s that sacrifice of Jesus Christ that atones us. But atonement is only the beginning. For those who truly believe, Christ becomes our intercessor. Through Jesus, we receive the Advocate. The Holy Spirit does this amazing transformation within us that we should no longer be tied down to sin and our old way of life. The book of Romans refers to our old sinful nature as “the old man.” What the Holy Spirit does within us until our last breath is called refinement. A continuous testing in which we are becoming purified, leaving our old life behind, again this is only THROUGH CHRIST, not ourselves! (Romans 3:10, 6:06, Ephesians 4:17, 1 Peter 1:07)
We all have a certain amount of time on this earth, and when it runs out, we don’t have another chance. Pastor John Edwards had a phrase he prayed, “stamp eternity on our eyeballs.”
Are we attaching ourselves to things that rot? Even if things in our life aren’t sinful, do they pull us closer to Jesus? Are we making the most of our time or wasting precious hours? Are we serving others, sharing the Gospel, praying, giving, and worshipping to our full capacity?
I don’t mean that we always exhaust ourselves in study, serving, etc. There is a time and a place for recreation. But I have been realizing I haven’t been giving my all in what I do. I hold back out of laziness, lack of motivation or half being in the moment and the other half drifting somewhere in my mind. The things that could be pushing me or ministering to me more toward Christ… I often choose things that don’t minister to me.
He is our anchor. Our foundation. We must have roots in Christ, like a weed that refuses to be uprooted because the sad truth is the real weeds making roots in our lives will burn up in the fire, and we will be left with no foundation, either. (Mark 4:06)
Be wary of relying on symbolism and forcing to “make something about Christ” when we know it’s obvious it has nothing to do with Him aside from maybe try to ease our conscience.
I’ll ask again, “What are we fastening ourselves to?”
Monthly Scripture – (NKJ) Psalm 85:05-06, “Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”
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