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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
TITLE: In The Carpenter's Hands
By Tiffany Secula
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He ran his hand slowly over its surface, no longer smooth and flawless. He would have to put a lot of work into refinishing this piece. Yet that is one of the most treasured lessons his father had taught him, no matter how beaten and worn, everything could be made new. He worked to hard to craft it in the beginning, making it just right, he could never dream of just tossing it aside. No, he had to work just as hard now to save it. It meant so very much to him.
Carefully he spread over the crimson cleaner and watched as it slowly began to erase all the imperfections life had put into it. No matter how lost it may have seemed, he would be able to turn it back into something beautiful, something he could use again for his work. He would be able to take away the rough edges. As he works, a little of him is left behind filling in the deep marks. He fills each of them with his love and acceptance and waits patiently for it to become what it is meant to be.
And so it is every time a soul decides to come to Christ. Feeling so lost and abused in the world, no longer recognizable through the sin and sadness. The Master Carpenter takes us in and cleanses away every stain with His blood and we become as new creatures. The Bible tells us this in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” NKJV
He crafted us out of His image in the very beginning, and now takes the world’s appearance away and refinishes us gently in his image again, recognizable to anyone as the work of the true craftsman who is perfect in all ways. He presents us to His Father as His children. He creates in us new purpose and puts us to work in his service, helping to bring others to his workshop for healing and cleansing. As with anything so lovingly crafted, we can always feel his strong and gentle hands holding on. Refusing to let the world steal us away and mar His beautiful work.
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