Over the years I’ve written about quite a variety of things, but really they all come back to one – our daily life with our Lord. Psalm 100 says that “It is He who has created us and we are His”. When I am making something in my woodshop I have determined the item’s purpose, the method of construction, and I envision how it will be used. I don’t believe God has done any less in making us. We are intentional creations of His, for the purpose He determined. We are not random accidents of evolution. And just as the piece of furniture I make for my home is not abandon as soon as it is done, but put into functional and enjoyable use, so our God does not abandon His creation, but (as I said as part of the marriage service Sunday) is ever present with His abundant blessing. And just as I love and appreciate the qualities of the wood I use in a project I want to be able to enjoy it for years to come. So too, our God has created us for eternal fellowship with Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. It is these truths that underly all my messages. It is God who created us for His good purpose, and He remains ever a part of His creation in order to bring us into His eternal fellowship. Thinking about this should cause us to turn toward Him and consider again what this means for daily life.
History is important. We need to see the changes that have come about over past generations. In the short term, the past 30 or so years, we have seen monumental changes in morality, and accepted patterns of life. For many of us, these are not good. They have moved us further away from the good will God has for the people He created. But these changes did not come about out of the blue. They are the product of many past generations of changes. We call it progress, but in reality it is regress. We laud the advances in science, technology, and medicine, but do these really bring us closer to the central purpose for our creation? Twenty six centuries ago the Lord said through the Prophet Jeremiah, “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”(9:23-24) Our God is a God of great love and mercy, but He has created mankind for His good purpose. I’m afraid we have progressively moved away from that purpose, and in many ways reap the consequences.
A few years ago some friends of ours gave us a small wooden wall hanging from Italy. It is a picture of a building with ornate arches, and a tower in the background. The wood process is called marquetry, where many different and tiny wood slivers are cut, shaped, and inlayed to form a larger picture. Each individual piece doesn’t look like very much, but when assembled by the artist’s hand, all form a beautiful picture. The parallel is obvious. God is the Great Artist. We are those small and different wood slivers. Individually, we may not seem to be of great value, but we are very necessary in the plan of God. He has called us to be a part of His life. He has a purpose for every one of us. If one is missing there would be a blank spot in the work He is forming. Just as that little chip of wood, you are unique and necessary in God’s plan for His Kingdom. And it will be a beautiful work of art.