Lesson from a Sweater

As I walked through the store one day, I noticed a sweater hanging on a rack. An Ivory colored background with adorable, colorful miniature sweaters all over it. I fell in love with this lovely garment. I convinced myself I needed it. So, I paid the high price to obtain it. I smiled and beamed as I took my prize home with me. Little did I realize how I would learn a lesson from a sweater.

The Lesson from a Sweater

The weather remained warmer than usual, so I carefully hung the garment in the closet. I waited and watched for the right time to wear a sweater. Winter soon turned to spring, and before long, the hotness of summer returned with a blast of heat. The shirt hung, forgotten, in the back of the closet.

Christ bought each of us for a price. We are the tools Christ will use to further His kingdom here on earth. He has a purpose for us in this world. Click To Tweet

Years later, the elegant garment still hung in the back of the closet. Never worn, the shirt had never fulfilled its purpose in life. I bought it to wear and enjoy. Instead, it remained hidden from the world. If I had not made the purchase, maybe someone else would have bought it and enjoyed wearing it. But instead, it felt like a wasted purchase.

God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

1 Corinthians 7:23 (NLT)

My Purpose

Sometimes I wonder if Christ views us as the sweater in this story. He bought us by shedding His blood on the cross and dying for us. We belong to Christ, for Him to use in this world to further His kingdom. But how many of us just hang in the closet and never fulfill His purpose for our lives?

He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

1Timothy 2:6 (NLT)

What purposes does God have for our lives? Christ calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Instead, we only love our friends and dislike those who are different. Jesus asks us to share the gospel with others. Instead, we convince ourselves that it is the preacher’s job, and we are not qualified. Therefore, we don’t spread the gospel. God commands us to provide for the poor and needy among us. Instead, we rationalize our own needs over those of the poor and downtrodden.

The Reward

Christ bought each of us for a price. We are the tools Christ will use to further His kingdom here on earth. He has a purpose for us in this world. Are you fulfilling that mission, or are you just hanging out in the closet? The sad part, God will find someone else to do the work if we don’t. Then we will miss out on the opportunity to hear Christ proclaim, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Feed and shepherd God’s flock–his church, purchased with his own blood

Acts 20:28b (NLT)

As the funny TV ads used to announce, “You had one job to do……..” Well, God did give us one job to do in life, and that job is for us to be the hands and feet of Christ to the world. Are we fulfilling the purpose which Christ redeemed us to do? It is not too late to start now. In short, the lesson from a sweater taught me about God’s purpose for my life.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, please help me to understand Your purpose for me life. Show me where to go and who to help in Your name. I am Yours and I want to honor You with my life. Thank You for redeeming me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessings,

Yvonne, Blogger, speaker, and author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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28 thoughts on “Lesson from a Sweater

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I love how God gives us messages in things like sweaters. I pray we all pause and be alert for His messages.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too. Thanks Melissa and May the Lord bless you.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Candice. God bless.

  2. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    authordlv

    What an image! A Christian who just hangs in the closet. The thought is sobering. I don’t want to hide in the back of the closet. “Lord, help me step out and do my part to further your gospel.” Thank you, Yvonne, for nudging us.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Stephen. I too want to be used by God. God bless.

  3. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    These are our marching orders. Yet, we so easily forget that we’re not just supposed to hang around, all saved and sanctified, in the closet doing nothing. Love one another, as I have loved you, Jesus said. Love your neighbor as yourself, he said. Will we do this? Well said. Great illustration!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. I appreciate your thoughts. We must always be busy doing the work of our Father. Stay safe and God bless.

  4. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I love the idea that a sweater hangs in the closet. It refuses to come out and keep someone warm, help them look nice, send a message of love, provide a need. Thanks, Melinda.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy

  5. Convicting: “how many of us just hang in the closet and never fulfill His purpose for our lives?” I don’t want to just hang in the closet. I want to do His work every day!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Me too! Thanks Jessica. God bless

  6. Yvonne, such a great analogy! That sweater sounds super cute. And you make quite the point. We don’t just accept salvation and then it stops. There’s a greater purpose in our lives as we “live out” the Christian life here on earth. We’ve indeed been bought with the blood of Jesus!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      We do have a greater purpose and the world does all it can to distract us from it. Thanks Karen and God bless.

  7. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Yvonne, what a powerful message from a simple life story. But so very true. We were purchased at such a high price. May we love and live for Christ with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Thank you for this encouragement!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks dear Melissa. May we be used by God to help those around us. God bless

  8. Michelle – Virginia – Hi there! I'm Michelle, a frugal homeschool mom who loves to read and make crafts! I also love making dollar store items look high end. I love to relax with a good book or a ball of yarn and a crochet hook. I'm also a blogger at Blessings by Me and owner of an online store where you'll find my handmade items. God bless!
    Michelle

    I love this very convicting analogy! I have to admit that I know there’s more I can do for God than just hang in the closet being a silent Christian.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      God has a purpose for each one of us. Seek Him and He will lead you on the path He has planned. Thanks Michelle and God bless.

  9. Ava James – An indie author and lifestyle blogger. Words burst out at the most inappropriate times. Passion filled letters, impatiently exploding onto the page or screen when I'm consumed with something else. Besides life would be dull and boring if writing was straightforward. When away from her writing she works full time as a medico-legal professional. In her spare time she enjoys an adventure from the outdoors to dancing and anything sporty.
    Ava James

    Something so simple but so relevant, great analogy thank you!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava. God bless

  10. I loved the prayer and the surrender to discern and do God’s will. We are saved, but saved for a purpose. To love and obey God and to engage in kingdom work that makes a positive difference and moves the kingdom forward.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Anne. You are so correct, we must keep the kingdom moving forward by fulfilling our purpose. God bless.

  11. Barb Ready – Wife, Mama, Gigi. Jesus has done so much for me all I want to do is help people know Him better. Teaching true freedom through stories. Some painful, some joyful, some hilarious!
    Barb Ready

    We were created for a purpose. Each and every one of us. What a shame if we never seek and find it. Glad you have found yours!!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Barb. Part of our purpose will always include spreading the Gospel far and wide. God bless.

  12. What a powerful image to not get stuck in the back of the closet. This is also an important message about loving everyone, not just those like us. Beautiful reminder. 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Shawn. It is so easy to get stuck. We must be on guard against it. God bless.

  13. Kristi Ann – United States – I am Kristi Ann, and I Love Jesus-Yeshua Christ-Messiah, because HE Loved me First!! I am a PATRIOT for the USA and I STAND with Israel-Yisrael!! I am Pro-USA in our Christian Nation USA / Pro-Israel-Yisrael / Pro-LIFE!! I am a Christian in our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America!! Please PRAY for Israel and USA and our Christian Earth Everyday!! "Pray Without Ceasing." ( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV )!! Our ONE True GOD ( JEHOVAH-YAHWEH ) the FATHER Loves us through HIS SON Jesus-Yeshua Christ-Messiah LOVES You All Forevermore!! Love Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC Kristi Ann
    Kristi Ann

    Amen and Hallelujah!!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks and God bless

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