He meticulously cuts it, shapes it, scrapes it, sands it, digs again, cuts again etc until he has his finished product. The once unattractive log, which might otherwise have ended being burned in the fireplace, has now become a beautiful masterpiece that can be displayed with pride by the one who fashioned it.
I marvelled at the skill of wood carvers when I watched them at work. From scraps of discarded timber or driftwood they made objects of beauty.
I was like a piece of useless driftwood, running from one activity to another, seeking something to make life seem worth living, but never finding any lasting satisfaction or any happiness. Like the driftwood, I had no life in me.
But then, when 22 years old and at my lowest peak, God stepped into my life. In a series of incredible “coincidences” (read God-ordered events) He drew me to Himself, gave me understanding of His Word and gave me faith to believe that Christ died for my sins, paying the penalty that was due to me; that He was buried but rose from the dead; that I was redeemed and reconciled to God through His finished work on Calvary. I became a blood-bought, adopted child of the omnipotent, living, triune God 8th June 1958.
He changed my life completely . . .
. . . But praise God, He didn’t stop there!
I became a new creation in Christ
and enjoyed all the abundance of the blessings of the new life . . .
but with God, there is always more.
God’s plan for His children is given in
Till we all come . . . to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ
Or as the Amplified Bible puts it
Nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection
Ephesians 5:27 tells us Christ will present us to Himself
not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing,
but holy and without blemish
Or as Jude 24 puts it
faultless before the presence of His glory
God’s work in our lives can sometimes be painful as He shapes us and moulds us, but His ultimate purpose is to produce a MASTERPIECE!
James had good advice for us, as he detailed our correct response to the trials, hardships, challenges we face as God uses them to ‘grow’ us. Summarising the COUNT / KNOW / LET / ASK of James 1:2-5 . . .
We can COUNT it all joy when we are beset by trials,
because we KNOW the purposes of God.
We can LET God’s maturing process work in us,
while we ASK for wisdom,
so we won’t waste the opportunity, but will use it to grow and mature.
Yes, God’s work in our lives can sometimes be painful as He shapes us and moulds us, but His ultimate purpose is to produce a MASTERPIECE!
1 John 3:2
we know that, when He shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM
Now, THAT is a masterpiece! . . .
A work created by the Master, to His praise and glory!
Adversity is God’s blessing in disguise.
- No Comparison (meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com)