Friday, July 20, 2007
Prepared for Choice Work
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
A traveler was visiting a logging area in the Pacific Northwest and was interested to see how logs were chosen that eventually would be used for furniture. As the logs came down the stream, the logger would suddenly reach out and hook one, pull it up, and then set it down. He would sometimes wait for a few minutes before grabbing another. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to his choices.
After a while, the visitor said to him, “I don’t understand what you are doing.”
“These logs may all look alike to you,” said the logger, “but I can recognize that a few of them are quite different. The ones that I let pass came from trees that grew in a valley. They were always protected from the storms. The grain is rather coarse. The logs that I pulled aside are from high up on the mountain, where they were beaten by strong winds from the time they were quite small. They toughen the trees and give them a fine grain. We save these logs for choice work. They are too good to be used for ordinary lumber.”
It was through the trying and testing that the logs were prepared for choice work. The same could be said of us as Christians.
If you were to ask Moses how he became who he was, he would remind you of his trials with Pharaoh and his times of testing in the wilderness. If you were to ask Peter, he would probably point back to his denial and how he learned many important lessons.
Maybe you are going through something similar in your life today. Maybe God is preparing you for a choice work.
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