Several years ago I began constructing a workshop, or doghouse as my wife refers to it. After the foundation was poured and finished, I began preparations for ordering materials. During this time I was given unused lumber left over from a house being built down the street. I was told that if I didn’t use it that it would eventually be pushed into a pile and burned. So I went the site to check it out. There were 2×6’s, 2×4’s, plywood, OH MY! I was in an euphoric state of bliss! Suddenly my materials list became much shorter – saving me loads of money. How I loved my newly found lumber. Oh the potential! New saw horses, trusses, maybe even a workbench!
As I made plans for my wood, I couldn’t help but think – people are a lot like this pile of lumber. The wood is of value by itself, but I was preparing it for greater use. In the same way, we as people are of value regardless of performance, yet we were not created just to lie in a pile. We have been created not merely to be…but to become, to grow, to learn, to develop skills, to love, to serve, to become temples of God.
- “Serve the LORD with gladness…” (Psalms 100:2)
- “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
- “With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,” (Ephesians 6:7)
Just think, if I had left that lumber were it was, it would have had a greater chance to become damaged, warped, rotted or destroyed by termites and eventually would have been pushed in a pile and burned. Jesus tells in John 15:6, “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
God has a plan for us all. Let’s become what he created us to be – servants for Him!