For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Luckner Borélus is passionate about his work. Not only is he a master craftsman with woodwork, he is also very artistic. His attention to detail and hours of labor spent over an unfinished product reveals tremendous skill and a high standard of excellence. Fortunately, Luckner is a member of our church and a graduate from our Bible institute. He’s a faithful follower of Jesus and a great role model as a husband and father. The added plus to all this is that we benefit from his excellent work ethic.
Recently, Luckner built a double bed for our new guest room. Hours of scheming and dreaming went into the preparation to build it on his part. I just asked him to build a simple bed, much like the one we have in our bedroom. But, after much thinking and meditation on his part, he presented me with another idea. For Luckner, every work is a work of art and the end product must be nothing short of magnificent. I finally relented to his idea, although I was a bit nervous about the finale. I knew we would have to use the bed, whether we liked it or not. Frankly, the bed surpassed all our expectations and now awaits future visitors to our home. Luckner doesn’t do anything an demi (halfway or half-baked). “I want to do everything for the glory of God,” he tells me.
Fortunately, we also have a master craftsman who is working on us. According to Ephesians 2:10, we are the Lord’s workmanship. As he labors over us, we often feel the pressure of his saw, the unrelenting pounding of his hammer, then finally the gorgeous finish that is uniquely beautiful to each of us. He joyfully desires to hold us up to the world exclaiming, “Look at my finished product! How beautiful he/she is!”
Even as I type this post, I can hear Luckner’s saw outside grinding away. Sometimes we feel like the Lord’s blade is on us. More often than we would like, it seems his continual sanding down of our rough places have no end. Are you in that place right now? Take heart! The finished project will be, as Luckner says, “Magnificent!”