ours is but to do or die
Tapestry is not a familiar term in the twenty-first century. Tapestries are complex woven pictures.
The back side of a tapestry can show the change of thread color, or have some knots. The top side of the tapestry is the finished product. The top side may look beautiful. The bottom side may look unappealing with a mass of threads and knots.
Our lives are like tapestries and much of what is woven in them depends upon us. Do we start something and then stop, and a thread is cut and that part of the tapestry is incomplete? Do we fail to fill in one section of the tapestry totally?
Jesus purchased back the ability to walk in the graces and gifts and life of God. Once we receive that by being born again, what we do with that is up to us.
There are many parables that indicate that life is a two way street, a two way relationship between God and man. There are those who like to focus on the finished work of Christ only, and it is a finished work. However, the objective is to move the finished work from the unseen into the seen, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” That requires our involvement and obedience to the Spirit of the living God.
None of us knows what tiny action may be the thread of a new beginning in the tapestry of life.
There used to be a saying that you don’t hear anymore, at least I haven’t heard it for a long time; it is an altered rhyme of a poem.
“Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die.” Source
It sounds a lot like what the Lord God said in Eden. He gave a command and if they did not obey the consequence was “thou shalt surely die”.
It is very easy and human for the natural mind to take over and say, “I don’t need to bother with that” or “that is unimportant”. We really don’t have a good understanding of what is important from the standpoint of heaven.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
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