21st March 2019

Christ, the Carpenter

“Why do you see the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye but not notice the plank in your eye?”
Luke 6:41 (NIV)

Isn’t it interesting how Jesus’ analogies in His ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:17-49) are based on His own daily life? Consider for a moment Luke 6:41-42: there we have a person with a major character flaw speaking critically of someone who has that same flaw only to a much lesser extent. Leaving aside the theological aspects we can see here Jesus drawing on his own practical experience at work. He was a carpenter and who else could better know about specks of dust and large planks of wood?

Later in the same Sermon, Jesus contrasts the man who built his house upon the rock with the one who built his house on the sand. Let’s remember that in those days a carpenter was a bit more than a woodcutter; he was more of a construction man. So Jesus would have known all about laying the foundations on different substructures. In other parts of the New Testament he showed an understanding of the construction of Herod’s temple (Matthew 24:1-2) and He talked about building His church upon a rock (Matthew 16:I8). I have just bought a house in East Kent, and the Surveyor felt he needed to check on the likelihood of that house being flooded because it is something that the insurance companies are increasingly concerned about.

What is your daily life all about? Can you relate it to your calling in Christ? Whatever it is, can you see any spiritual analogy or application? There is a saying, ‘He is too heavenly minded to be of any earthly use’. We cannot separate our daily living from our Christian calling. Like Jesus, let us see God directing our lives, and also see God using our daily lives no matter how humdrum they might be, to be a channel through which He can reach out to others.

St Francis is reputed to have said, ‘Preach Jesus and if necessary use words.’ The way we carry out our normal daily tasks and activities is an important way of doing this.

Father, thank you for all the gifts and blessings you have poured out on me, especially those that I sometimes tend to treat lightly. Stir me to see my mission to others in whatever my daily work and leisure may bring forth. In Jesus’ Name.

Study by Christopher Reeve


About the Author:
Christopher Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net


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