woodworking“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary…” – Mark 6:3

Have you come to view your daily responsibilities as mundane or unimportant?

Christ was a carpenter on earth. There were decades of wood-working employment between His earthly birth and heavenly ministry. Why did He choose a profession? Couldn’t He have simply been a monk? Or maybe a scribe of Old Testament Scriptures? Why did He choose carpentry?

One answer rests in carpentry itself – Wood craft requires a display of creative vision to determine what must be built. It also requires capability to construct the proper form. Finally, it requires patient care to overcome unexpected obstacles.

Carpentry is one of earth’s only historic crafts which allow the inventor to be involved from start to finish. Be it a piece of small decor or an entire home, there are no limits, outside the natural laws, to the art and science of the carpenter’s mind. In carpentry, he can express, he can construct, and he can serve.

What does the Bible teach us about our Lord? John writes that, “All things came into being through You.” Paul that, “By You all things were created.” Even Proverbs portends, “When He marked out the foundations of earth, I was beside Him as a Master Workman.” (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, Proverbs 8:30). Thus, throughout eternity, Christ has displayed Himself through His creation.

Jesus took an earthly job that matched His eternal desire! Although in bodily form and having laid aside certain attributes of deity, He still worked to create and serve. Wonder of wonders! To think that even His temporary human industry aligned with His infinite heavenly creativity – The Creator King – How beautiful His craftsmanship must have been! How carefully He must have ran the plumb line! How loved people must have felt when receiving His hand-crafted tables or chairs! A gift from Jesus, the son of Joseph, a carpenter.

Our King came as carpenter. We can be assured He gave the very best to His work. May we also do the same. “Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children.

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  1. Praise the Lord…,,

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