This website is not primarily an evangelical website, but I’d be remiss not to tell you what motivates me to invent, to create, and to serve others. I love to make things and give them away, and I love to teach people how to use their hands to help others and produce their own works of art. When I create and build something, I feel like I’m serving God, identifying with God, even in some small way.
I’m intrigued that God would leave Heaven and become a man, the carpenter’s son. Out of his many titles, this may be the humblest one. Jesus wasn’t born into royalty or wealth. No, he grew up in the working man’s household. More than likely, He learned some carpentry skills and helped his father, Joseph. So Jesus probably was a craftsman.
But this wasn’t God’s first rodeo. He’s been a craftsman from eternity. He created the world and all we see (and don’t see). God calls us his workmanship. He’s the potter. We are the clay. God’s the ultimate Craftsman, and he calls us his greatest work. Just think, God created the sun, the stars, the planets, the Universe, but God dotes over us even more.
God gave us the perfect workshop, the garden, but we chose to follow our own rules and use the tools he gave us differently than he intended. And so, the workshop broke down, things deteriorated, we deteriorated. Without him, our lives turn into unfinished projects, rotten boards and, eventually, sawdust.
The carpenter’s son arrived on the scene around 2000 years ago. Though he forsook the occupation of carpenter, that doesn’t mean that he never built anything. He actually constructed two things during his human existence. He laid the foundation of the future church, and he built a bridge between us and the God of the Universe. He came to make things right between us and the Father.
He’s calling us so he can set up shop in our lives, so that we might use the tools he gave us, properly and effectively. Why would we want to live our lives any other way than how the Designer intended? Don’t you get the most out of your car when you follow the owner’s manual? The best out of your tools and equipment, when you take care of them and use them the way they were intended to be used?
No, I’m not promising you health, wealth, and prosperity if you put your faith in Jesus, but your life will be optimal in every way. You can and will experience a peace beyond understanding.
So I invite you to check out the claims of Jesus. Read about him in the Gospel accounts. Get to know others whose lives he’s changed.
Talk to him. Ask him to restore you and set up shop in your life.
Don’t think of yourself as a work-in-progress. You are God’s masterpiece just waiting to be revealed in the wood or in the stone. Go with God and make beautiful things!
If I can be of any service to you and your walk with God, feel free to email me.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NIV)