The Carpenter

“…He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary…” Mark 6:3

When Jesus started His ministry, it was difficult for people to see Him as anything more than a carpenter. His family, neighbors and friends watched Him grow up making and fixing things. “Jesus the Rabbi” took a little getting used to.

Being a carpenter was simply His earthly occupation which prepared Him for His ministry. He spent those three years fixing the broken.

“Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17 NLT

We are all living the consequences of the sin cycle, whether be that of our own or someone else. It’s the unpleasant affect of The Fall. Life on this side of Eden carries pain and suffering. We all are broken. Whether it be the outcome of a failed relationship, lost opportunities or the death of a loved one, it happens to all of us. If you choose to care about anything in this life, it’s a guarantee that your heart will be broken.

Sometimes, when I’m in the midst of working through my brokenness, I feel that I need to shout it out to God, just so He’ll hear me.

Thing is, He doesn’t work like that. He sees it; the construction zones and demolished areas in my heart, but He doesn’t look for a detour around them. He dives right in there and inspects the damage. He points areas that were eaten away by an infestation of sin. He carefully looks at the places where you tried to fix it yourself. He tears down to build back up, and He goes the extra step to make it better and stronger than it was before. By the time He’s finished, every detail down to the last nail is accounted for and in its proper place. God does thorough work.

The Bible isn’t clear whether Jesus did any carpentry work after His ministry began, but He did spend the remainder of His time on earth and still does through His Spirit fixing the brokenness of humanity. A carpenter is a beautiful picture of breaking, molding, hewing and fixing what is broken…replacing the old and ruined with the new. God is offering you a chance today to let Him in to your disaster zone. Trust His skilled and steady hand. Before long, He’ll unveil His handiwork and in place of the brokenness and the ugly, you will see the beauty He sees when Love (He) looks at you.

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