We continue our study through the seasons of Ecclesiastes 3 by looking past the season of rending to the next season: sewing. What will God do with us once we've opened our lives up to him and separated ourselves out for Him to do as He pleases?
Taking our bare life and making it new again
When we've opened ourselves up the transforming power of Christ, God is going to make something special out of us. He's going to create something wonderful and amazing in our lives that will bless us, Him and all those with whom we come in contact. God guarantees this in the second to last chapter of the Bible:
Behold, I make all things new. (Revelation 21:5)
In one of the last statements made by God in the written Word, we find him making a promise to his people. He makes all things new. When we rend our lives before God, that is a sign that we are starting over from scratch. To tear up your life-or at least parts of it-for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom is a monumental sacrifice. However, God clearly guarantees that he isn't going to leave us in tatters. He's going to make us new and wonderful, but there are a couple of things we must do if we are to be sewn properly.
Let the tailor work
When we send off some clothes to be worked on by a tailor, we can get frustrated when they take longer than we think is necessary. Why should it take so long? It's just a couple of inches here and a seam there. However, allowing the tailor time to do the work properly will ensure that we get our clothes back with the right fit.
We've put the tattered garments in the hands of God and we need to trust that He is going to put it together in the best way and in the right time. Not only is God going to deliver us into our calling, purpose and opportunity in the right moment; He's going to make sure it's the perfect fit for us, too. We just need to be patient and wait on the Lord, knowing that He is faithful to deliver:
Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Do What God Wills
God may be the master tailor, but He wants us to get involved in the process, too. God wants us to see the fruit of our labors in His Kingdom so that we will be encouraged in Him. He also wants us to see what happens when we trust His will and do as He says. When that happens, it will become a testimony to us of His true and amazing power because we will have seen it done as we labor in the fields. Our first hand knowledge will strengthen our understanding of how great and wonderful He is. Moreover, it will result in a positive mindset to continue to work in His will and ways:
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:8)
So if I will be patient and let God work out my situation and life, He will be sure to deliver on time what best fits me in my calling at the moment. Also, when I choose to do God's will, He'll give me opportunities to assist Him that will open my eyes up to His great and wonderful ways. This will be a testimony that will carry me through for the rest of my life.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.