A Life in the Making

Friday

In the artist’s hands, paint becomes a masterpiece.

In the carpenter’s shop, wood is transformed into a beautiful table.

It is cleaned and prepared to be formed into the Master Craftsman’s vision.

It is cut.

It is pressed together.

It is sanded down.

Different parts are chiseled down with great skill until they are a perfect size. Not too big, not too small as they must be strong enough to stand under great pressure.

They are wrapped tight.

Then sanded, sealed, and polished.

When all the parts are ready, they are brought together. By force and pressure, they are joined by glue or secured into place by the hammer and nail.

In the Master’s plan, it is given for use.

By the Master’s hand, it is created as a gift.

By the Master’s desire, it is used as needed.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians  2:10 NIV

My friend, you have been chosen and your life is being crafted into a masterpiece.

No matter what stage of preparation you are at (and no matter how many times you go back into the workshop), God knows what He is preparing you for.

Trust His vision and His heart.

You are His.

Chosen and Crafted

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In the artist’s hands, a piece of wood becomes a masterpiece.

In the carpenter’s shop, wood is chosen.

It is cleaned and prepared to be formed into the artist’s desire and vision.

Then set aside.

It is cut then set aside.

It is pressed together then set aside.

It is sanded down and set aside.

The master craftsman is working on other parts required to make a masterpiece. Forming them. Fitting them. Preparing them to be put together as one.

Parts are chiseled down with great skill until they are a perfect size. Not too big, not too small as they must be strong enough to stand under great pressure.

They are wrapped tight and set aside.

The base is measured, planned and then cut.

Then sanded, sealed, polished and set aside.

When all the parts are ready, they are brought together. By force and pressure, they are joined by glue or secured into place by the hammer and nail.

What has the creator brought together?

Is the vision realized?

Does the piece of art choose what it is formed into?

Does it choose when the work is finished?

Does it choose where it is placed?

Does it choose when it is used?
In the Master’s hands, simple wood is recreated into a masterpiece. Fine and beautiful, useful and functional.

In the Master’s plan, it is given for use.

By the Master’s hand, it is created as a gift.

By the Master’s desire, it is used as needed.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”‭‭

Ephesians‬ ‭ 2:10 ‭NIV‬‬

You have been chosen and are being crafted as His masterpiece. No matter what stage of preparation you are at (and no matter how many times you go back into the workshop) you can trust God that He knows what He is preparing you for and how to use you when it is time.

You are His Masterpiece.

Prepared

  
In the artists hands, a piece of wood or many pieces of wood becomes a masterpiece. 

In the carpenters shop, wood is chosen. It is cleaned and prepared to be formed into artists desire and vision.

It is chosen then set aside.

It is cut then set aside.

It is pressed together with other pieces and then set aside.

It lays on the woodworkers table and waits. 

When it is ready, it is sanded down and set aside.

Meanwhile the master craftsman is working on other pieces as well. Forming them. Fitting them. Preparing them to be put together as a whole.

Parts are chiseled down with great skill until they are the perfect size, not too wide but also not too small as they must be strong enough to stand under great pressure. Then they are wrapped tight and set aside. 

The base is measured, planned and then cut. Then sanded, sealed and polished. 

Then set aside. 
When all the parts are ready, they are brought together. By force and pressure, they are joined by glue or secured into place by the hammer and nail. 

What has the creator brought together?

 Is the vision realized? 

Does it choose what it is formed into? 

Does it choose when it is done? 

Does it choose where it is placed? 

Does it choose when it is used? 
In the Master’s hands, simple wood is recreated into a masterpiece. Fine and beautiful, useful and functional. 
In the Master’s plan it is given for use.
By the Master’s hand it is created as a gift. 

By the Master’s desire it is used as needed. 

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”‭‭ Ephesians‬ ‭ 2:10 ‭NIV‬‬

You have been chosen and are being crafted in His masterpiece. No matter what stage of preparation you are at (and I feel like there are many seasons that we go back into the workshop) you can trust God that He knows what He is preparing you for and how to use you when it is time.