To watch a master artist, craftsman, or tradesman practice his craft has always been an enjoyable experience for me. My own father was a woodworker. With patience and attention to detail, he could transform rugged chunks of wood into beautiful and useful creations. Once, while he was in Oregon, he visited a shop that specialized in myrtle wood art and utensils. As was his custom, he struck up a conversation with the owner, who gave him an off-round piece of myrtle wood that he had planned to throw away because it was going to take too much time and effort to make it into something that would be profitable. My dad brought that discard home, and with his loving touch changed that useless object into a lovely salad bowl. I still have that bowl in my home today and admire it and my dad for his talent and generosity. When I think about it, he raised me with the same love and care that he put into that piece of wood. I am not saying he didn’t get stern with me when he felt I needed it, but his love and Christian example was and continues to be a major influence in my life.

Spiritually speaking, we must allow our Master, Christ, to shape and mold us into what He wants us to be. Over and over in Scripture we read about Christ’s compassion for others.  (Matthew 9:36; Matthew 14:14) We must be compassionate. Christ was submissive to the Father’s will. (Matthew 26:42) We must be submissive to the Father’s will. Christ loved the unlovable. (Matthew 10:8) We must love the unlovable. Christ prayed. (Mark 14:32) We must pray.  Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable, and perfect.”

Sometimes we might see ourselves as useless and untalented in the Kingdom. However, like the piece of wood in the master wood workers hands, we must, without resistance, allow Christ to form us into what He desires. Let Him smooth out our flaws and rough spots and make us into His likeness. It may sometimes be uncomfortable or even painful, but the end result is well worth any temporary afflictions today. We can become His creation.

The hymn “Have Thine Own Way” by Adelaide Pollard, tells us: Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou are the Potter: I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.” Each day let’s allow Christ to mold and make us into His image.

 

 

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