Created for a Purpose

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Christian, Woodworking
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Four friends, each a craftsman, stand admiring a piece displayed in the gallery.

The first steps forward and says: “Gentlemen, this is a beautiful example of my craft of woodworking. Notice the choice of mahogany, maple and ebony expertly jointed and finished.  Look at the subtle curves and lustrous finish of this fine hollow form.  It is a talented woodworker that can make such an exquisite box.  This is truly a masterpiece.”

The second friend says: “I agree the woodwork is good, but what really makes this piece so grand is when the maker employed my craft of sculpting. Notice on this end the graceful scroll work and carving to form the handle.  The expert sculpting is what really makes this piece so special.  This is truly a masterpiece.”

The third speaks up: “Guys, the woodworking and sculpting are nice. But, the thing that really sets this piece apart from all the rest is the way the maker employed my craft of symmography.  Notice how the string work wraps around and beautifully completes the presentation by combining the woodworking and sculpting elements together to make a very beautiful display.  This is truly a masterpiece.”

The fourth man, a luthier by craft, says nothing. He steps forward, picks up the piece and admires it, as he caresses the beautiful finish with his hands.  Then, he nuzzles the beautifully exquisite sculpted stringed box to his cheek, takes another piece from the display and draws it across the strings producing a melodious sound.  After playing a beautiful concerto, the craftsman carefully places the creation back in its display.  He then turns to his companions: “Friends, I created this violin for the purpose of making beautiful music.  I placed that purpose within its design.  And, so it was waiting for my hands to fulfill.”

Three friends had looked on the same display, each through the bias of his experience. The creator knew the purpose and how to cause his creation to respond with that purpose.

A violin is basically a wood box with four strings. It requires the master’s touch to produce beautiful music.

My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.Psalm 139:15-16

God created each of us for a purpose. People may look at us through the bias of their own lives.  Yet, God knows the purpose for which He created us.  God placed our purpose within our design to be used by Him.  It is when we submit to the Master that we can truly become the masterpiece of His design.

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