After getting home from Sunday morning services last week I observed the boys in the living room working on something. Ayden was helping Jaxon put together a craft that he was given from Ayden’s Bible class. Ayden, having already had his together from the Bible class, was so sweet to help his little brother who wanted to have the craft like him. Ayden and Jaxon worked diligently and got the craft all done. I then observed Jaxon looking up as he held his craft up in the air. I asked Jaxon, “What are you doing buddy?” Jaxon replied, “Showing God what I made.” Jaxon was so proud of his craft and just wanted to show God as he expressed his desire to please God with what he had made for Him (with the help of his brother).
This made me think about my life and what is being “crafted” for the Lord. I have been given life on this earth, a creation by the great Creator. The question came to me, “What am I doing with it?” I thought of how Jaxon was so excited to put the craft together. He had to get all the pieces together and get them put in their respective places for it to come together as the craft was designed. However, if Jaxon would have had no desire, then the craft would have not been completed and the pieces would still be unassembled.
I considered how excited we should be when we think about putting our craft (life) together for the Lord. God has provided “everything that pertains to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), yet what are we doing with what He has provided us and with what attitude?
We have His word that gives us the instructions and guidance, but do we desire it so we know how to put the pieces of our life together? (cf. 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16,17; 1 Peter 2:2).
It is His word that will mold us and make us into the very image that He desires for us to be. “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand” (Isaiah 64:8) “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make” (Jeremiah 18:4).
I need to keep in mind that I am only the clay. God is the potter who desires to make something out of me. The Lord has longed to make man in His own image (cf. Gen. 1:26,27) and with all the pieces at man’s disposal, many times man just lets them sit idly by and don’t do anything with them.
Jaxon couldn’t wait to get his craft together to show God. I thought, how I want to get my “craft” (life) together as I desire to show God, “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that [I] should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
Jaxon and Ayden worked diligently together to get it just right. I thought about how I need to work diligently day by day so my life will be refined, a “vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21). Not only do I need to work diligently day by day on my life, but also solicit help and in turn help others like I saw with Jaxon and Ayden. Jaxon needed Ayden’s help and Ayden was ready and willing to help him. I wondered if we are ready and willing to help each other as we work to be the masterpiece for our Creator (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:14,15; Galatians 6:2; Romans 15:1; Philippians 2:2-4).
To close these quick simple thoughts, it was that very moment that Jaxon held up his completed craft so proudly to show God that has been impressed into my mind. Oh for me to have that kind of attitude in my everyday life, always striving to seek the Lord, to be pleasing to the Lord (cf. Heb. 11:1,6).
What have we made in our craft of a life that we are so proud to show our Creator God? May we be resolved to “present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).
Something to think about. Have a great week! – DJ 🙂