Monday, January 10, 2005

Building Models as a Metaphor for the Fruitful Christian Life: We Are Given All We Need

The manufactuer of a model provides everything needed to create a pleasing result: a design, all the parts, and instructions on how to assemble it.

God likewise provides all we need for a fruitful Christian life. He has a plan for each of us, a result that will be very pleasing, both to Him and us, if we carry it through to completion. Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 29:11. He gives us all we need to get it done: our interests and natural talents, John 3:27; I Corinthians 4:7, the spiritual gifts he gives us upon salvation, Romans 12:6-13; I Corinthians. 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:7, 11-13, and the fruits of the Spirit we develop as we walk with him. Galatians 5:22. He also gives us, through scripture, instructions on how to put all those things together, Psalm119:6, 9, 14-16, 97-99, 105; Proverbs 4:4-13, 20-22, 20-22; II Timothy 3:15-17 , and supplements that with special help through prayer, James 1:5, good teaching, and counsel from our fellow believers.

It’s all there, but we must make the effort to put it together.

(A series of images dealing with building models was posted January 10, 2005 here, here, here, and here.
Images about God providing things we need, but can’t provide for ourselves, were posted September 12a, 17a, and 18c, October 3a, 3b November 6, 10, 21 and 27, 2004 and January 2, 10b, and 10c, June 13 and 27, 2005.)

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