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THE DESERT AND THE QUILT 2 OF 2

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Published on Aug 30, 2012

For part one of the description and summary, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW5GX4...

THE QUILT

While you are growing up and passing through the desert, you cannot ignore the people around you. Don't forget your spiritual family and significant others. When Christ was dying on the cross, he did not forget to take care of his mother by placing her in his disciples care (Jn. 9:26-27). You must balance your purposeful works with the people God wants you to love. If you fail to knit properly with the right people in your life, you will never see the whole tapestry of His glory and your collective purpose with others. You may see your own glory that God put in you but you will not see the full manifestation of glory unless you knit in love and work with others. This knitting of love with others is what we call the family quilt.

The first and second command hold the secrets to life. Without God you could not do anything and without others you can never have a full life. This family quilt or tapestry is what God intended churches and families and countries and nations to be. Family quilts are a conglomeration of leftover pieces of material that God knits together to love and cover and fight for each other. The hope of the individual pieces must always be to see the beauty of the collective. This is the body of Christ.

The bible tells us that above all things, we must have intense and unfailing love towards each other for love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4:8). Family quilts are beautiful in the front because of the messy knitting in the back. We all have a backside or a dysfunctional side in terms of a corrupted past or weaknesses we are susceptible to. This backside is what humbles us and makes us relatable to others. No matter our level of success, remember where you came from and remember how God and others knit to you help to cover your weaknesses and showcase your strengths.

Christ is perfect but his pieces are not. He does not work with the noble but the weak and dysfunctional (1 Cor. 1:27-28). Though the pieces do not quite fit together, he is the master seamstress that hides and overlaps and knits things perfectly together. The power of the quilt is differences in character and talents that are harmonized in love and a collective purpose for the greater good. You perfect yourself in love and your collective purpose through the knitting of the family quilt.

This power of unity is what Satan always fights. He always wants separation. If he can't stop you coming out of the desert, then he will try to stop you joining the family quilt. He will even offer you a factory produced perfect quilt with no messy backside. But that is a lie because we are an imperfect people in a desolated world. Only Christ can heal us and knit us to enjoy life to the full through love and purpose.

SUMMARY

Remember, we were all messed up pieces but God redeemed us and knit us in spiritual families (Ps. 68:6). We help each other through the desert to get to maturity and we forgive and cover each others weaknesses. We grow as a family and we help as a family. Our individual characters and abilities fit into a greater tapestry. May we keep relationships and our works in balance as we continue to journey in Jesus' name.

Please do not resist the knitting of the family quilt and the process of moving through the desert. Life is only worthwhile and meaningful with love and purposeful works.

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