For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. —Ephesians 2:10
About 10 years ago, I built two identical benches from the same wood, both four feet long, both varnished. One of them found its usefulness at the foot of our bed. We use it every day to sit on as we get dressed. It has been stood on from time to time to change a lightbulb or for our grandsons to climb their way onto the bed. But for the most part, that bench has had it easy in the cool of our bedroom.
The second bench has been used outside on our veranda. There it has had a much different “life.” It has been sat on, stood on, and occasionally used as a sawhorse. Exposed to the wind, rain, and sun, the varnish faded long ago, and the elements have bleached the wood. Even with power washing, it will never be shiny like the one in the bedroom. Recently I needed to repair and strengthen its wobbly legs.
Like the two benches, we all have the same Maker; however, we each find ourselves in different life experiences. God has different uses and unique plans for each of us, and He places us where we can best serve Him. Some of us may look like we’re in better condition, while others may be weather-beaten and wobbly. Nevertheless, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10, each one of us is “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” He places us where we can best serve Him. And He takes the time to care for and fix us when we’re broken (Psalm 34:18).
Reflection: Do you recognize the purpose God has made you for? Are you willing to accept God's right as your creator to use you as He desires?
Lord, please show me who you have made me to be and help me to accept and find joy in serving You my creator in that place You have chosen for me to serve You.
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