Over the past several years, like many, I’ve had spiritual ups and downs. This is how it goes it seems.
I’ve talked with several people about the struggles of being a Christian. For some strange reason, many in the world have the idea in mind that being a Christian is a life filled with ease. (HA!) Being a Christian is more like a process of being hand crafted by the Maker of the world from a rough hunk of rock into His perfect vision.
Now think about that a few minutes. What must the Craftsman do to achieve His vision?
First, He begins break away all the excess.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
What part of that process sounds easy? Imagine His tools…
Nothing about this will be easy. Removing the sin we were born into is a painful process. We’ve lived with this sin for so long, it has layered itself upon us creating a “hard” exterior.
So, the Craftsman begins to break away the enormous chunks of sin. Today He may only remove one section. He’s not uncaring. He will sit back and admire every stage of His work, because He loves His creation. This will allow healing from the pain of today.
Day by day, the Craftsman works, slowly, diligently, rescuing His vision trapped within the stone of the world.
One day He looks and sees the rough outline of His original vision. From this point on, the process will not be as simple as breaking away the large chunks. This is a much more delicate process requiring extreme precision. He must gently scrape away the rough edges and carefully polish the stone until He can see His reflection in the surface.
This is where I equate the life of a mature Christian. We are by no means the Craftsman’s perfect creation, and we will not be completely refined and polished until He welcomes us to His home.
We must prepare ourselves for the daily refining and polishing…some days will be more painful than others, but all necessary to ultimately reach His perfect vision and His perfect reflection.
All of the events of our lives, the good and the bad, have been a part of God’s ultimate plan for us. They allow the Master Craftsman to sculpt us into His perfect vision. Each a minute detail to reach ultimate perfection. If that is difficult to see now, trust the Craftsman. Experiencing pain and confusion? Praise God for removing another chunk from His perfect design!
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.