Everything Beautiful in Its Time (Eccl. 3:11) - Sermon

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:11
Sanjaynagar, Friday, July 15.

"He has made everything beautiful in its time." (Eccl.3:11)

If you have been wondering if life has any meaning or purpose, remember this, that you are beautiful, not because of how you feel or what people say, but because the Word of God declares that He has made you beautiful in your time.

Some people give up very soon thinking it's all over and nothing's gonna work out. Remember Job's wife, how she came to him and said "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!" But, Job knew that suffering is not meaningless. When the fire blazes hotter, the beauty of the gold gets clearer. There is a time for everything, and He has made everything beautiful in its time.

1. God Has Made Us So That We May Seek Him and Know Him
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. (Act 17:26-27)
Animals do not know God to the effect that there can be fellowship between God and them. God didn't made them that way. He made man that man may know Him and have fellowship with Him. But, sin brings separation and blindness. However, through the preaching of the cross, God opens up the eyes of people that they may see His light and walk in it.

2. God Has Made Us So That We May Be Holy And Blameless Before Him in Love
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Eph. 1:4)
but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."(1Pet. 1:15-16)
For this is the will of God, your sanctification... that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God.... For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. (1Thess. 4:3,4,7)

3. God Has Made Us So That We May Come to the Fullness of Christ
till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Eph 4:13)
This is not possible in isolated living, but in fellowship within the Body of Christ. "grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Eph.4:15,16)

Each member in the Body must know his role and effectively fulfill his share of duty. There is synergy in the Body, and it is found in the words "what every joint supplies" and "the effective working by which every part does its share." The joints are important. Evangelism and the work of the ministry is the joint work of the Body of Christ. The effort must be synergistically put forth in love of the Spirit and bond of peace, so that each part will mutually benefit. There is edification only through fellowship in the Body.

One must aim to be a vessel of honor by His grace, in order to be useful for the Master's glory as a vessel of honor.
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity." But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (2Ti 2:19-21)

4. God Has Made Us So That We May Attain the Adoption As Sons
having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will (Eph. 1:5)

This is not just limited to the experience of sonship that we have now, but relates to the adoption manifested at the resurrection from the dead.
"Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body." (Rom 8:23)
Paul looked forward to this as his goal:
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (Php 3:10-11)

5. God Has Made Us So That We May Proclaim the Praises of Him
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1Pet. 2:9)
See how beautiful He has made us that we may bring glory to His Name. Let's declare His praises through our words and our walk.

Let's remember that God has a purpose for our life, and He wishes us to seek Him and know Him, to be holy and blameless before Him in love, to come to the fullness of Christ, to attain the adoption of sons, and to declare His praises, to be His trophies in this world. Isn't it marvelous to just know Him and live by His grace alone.

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