Do You Carry His Initials?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, NASB)
During college, I worked as a carpenter on crews building custom homes. I fell in love with skilled craftsmanship, especially things made from exotic woods.
Over the years, I’ve enjoyed going to flea markets, craft fairs and festivals, look-ing for hand-made items, especially things made from wood. I’ve often imagined walking into an antique shop and finding a table with the initials J.C. (Jesus Christ) neatly carved on the underside. Can you imagine the excitement such a discovery would generate, especially among Christians?
As Christians, every morning as we look in the mirror, we should look for God’s initials, His personal stamp. As Paul tells us, we are all God’s workmanship and have been recreated in the image of Christ. God’s mercy allowed us to be chosen from the scrap pile, selected, and tested to ensure that we are suitable for His purpose.
Just like any skilled craftsman, God put His mind, heart, and soul in us. His loving and compassionate hands sketched, positioned, chiseled, cut, trimmed, sanded, and fit every single piece in place according to His perfect design for our lives.
His wisdom guided every step of the tedious process. His sweat (faithfulness) dripped on us as He labored over us and finished the task. His love is the glue that binds every joint and holds us firmly in place. His grace and anointing provides the varnish and protection we need to endure tests and neglect. His thoughts and plans were designed and built into us from the beginning, so that at the appointed time we might be useful in His hands and accomplish His perfect will for our lives.
Child of God, give thanks to God for His labor of love. Remember, God designed and made you. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the skilled Carpenter finished you. You are a custom-made piece. You are His workmanship. Carry His initials for all to see.
Lord, I rejoice that I have been chosen from the scrap pile, shaped, and molded by your hands and that I am a work of love. Jesus, complete the work in me. Stamp your initials on my mind, heart, and spirit for all to see. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.