JESUS THE CARPENTER

Jesus was born a baby and made his debut into the world as a baby just like any other human being. He was not born a mature person from birth. He grew up into adolescence and matured into manhood as any normal child would. He felt the pain we feel, and he experienced the emotions we experience. He was brought up under parental guidance and control, in an environment full of distractions and numerous challenges. Yet there had never once been an instance of indecision, uncertainty, and hesitation on his part when it came to the reason and purpose for his life. He knew why he lived, and he had his assignment well mapped out in his mind. Toward the end of his mission on earth, he summed it all up in this statement: €œI have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do€ (John 17:4). He said this to the Father in reference to his mission on earth. For him, carrying out and completing the assignment given him by God on earth was equivalent to bringing honor and glory to the Father. This is a truly fulfilled man. Bearing this in mind, one remarkable aspect about Jesus' life on earth was the trade of carpentry. He was known in his community foremost as a carpenter. Apart from his lineage, carpentry was one of the main things that he was initially identified with. It was said of him in the book of Mark: €œIs not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him€ (Mark 6:3). At a phase in his life, Jesus was known more as a carpenter than as anything else. He never disputed this aspect of his life. After all, he was the son of Joseph the carpenter. It only makes sense that being the son of a carpenter, it was a matter of natural progression for him to have acquired the skills of carpentry and practice it. However, his life was not defined by carpentry. He was much more than a carpenter. He was and still is the savior of the world, and he knew it. Unlike most human beings who make their job the essence of their lives, Jesus Christ did not allow carpentry to define his life. He knew his assignment was far weightier than just carpentry. This is the point where a clear demarcation must be drawn between our careers (jobs, professions) and our God-given assignment. You must understand that you were not made for your career but for your assignment. Your career exists because of you, but you exist because of your assignment. The essence of anybody's life is his or her God-given assignment. It is very easy to confuse your job with your assignment. Because of this misunderstanding, a lot of people tend to focus all their life on their jobs and careers at the expense of their destined obligation. For example, if you are a footballer or an architect by profession, you could very easily make that career the dominant reason why you live. But what about that burden in your heart that you were mandated by the assignment-giver to undertake and which you have not even started thinking about? What of the people in your office who are probably your assignment from God but whose lives you have never impacted for the kingdom? A typical case scenario is the life of Peter Simeon. Peter was a fisherman by profession, but after encountering Christ, he found his assignment. He did not see the end of his life as a fisherman, but he braced the finish line as a disciple of Christ, an apostle, an evangelist, an author, and a missionary, just to say the least. He could very easily have finished life as a fisherman! Without a clear understanding of the raison d''ªtre of your existence on earth, life simply becomes an experiment for you. In the illustration cited earlier, both the footballer and the architect are unaware of the truth that their professions are not the purpose of their lives. They fail to understand that their careers are only a means or a stepping stone to their assignment. Jesus did not let anything get between him and his assignment, not even the trade he acquired from Joseph, his father. He was very definite, precise, and certain about his essence and calling on earth. He was resolute and steadfast in his focus in life, and nothing could blur his vision. At the tender age of twelve, he had already discovered his assignment. He once questioned why his parents were worried about his whereabouts: €œHow is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?€ (Luke 2:49). Like Jesus, it is very important for everyone to discover their assignment at an early stage in life. This way, your entire psyche is shaped and directed toward the work that God has assigned you to do. It will help you maintain your focus and avoid the many distractions of destiny, the most familiar of which is your job or career. At this point in your life, you should be seriously asking yourself whether you know what your assignment in life is. If no, it is never too late to still delve into your heart and commune with the Holy Spirit. He will guide you there! And remember always that you will ultimately account for the talents God has endowed you with. I pray that you will enter heaven fully spent in the service of His purpose for your life!

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Tan Yeowhwa @silverpen ·

Another inspiring and thought -provoking blog [img]http://www.thesmilies.com/smilies/happy/thumbsup.gif[/img]. Thanks for sharing on the difference of discovering our God-given assignment and our career or profession. The career that we are doing here are only for our daily bread, but surely the God-given assignments should be our main goal in this life and in our Christian walk.

I will have to bookmark this and read it again.[img]http://www.tiptopglobe.com/skin/smile/s4737.gif[/img]

Blessings always

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