I wake up every morning before the clock has the chance to read seven-zero-zero. At times, two hours before this. And you have to think at least once, stretching in early morning, wishing for more sleep, more covers, more shut eye,
“What’s the point?”
I rise and eat, brush my teeth, shower, dress, look at sticky notes covering the mirror thinking, I really should read those more, but I don’t. I move forward. Another day awaits, and you can’t help but think,
Math, science, history, theology, literature, wash the dishes, fold the laundry, vacuum the floor, make the bed, eat the lunch, play the fiddle, write a poem, back to the grind. Always, there are more things to do.
“Does this have a purpose?”
How can I not feel like a machine when my life seems so empty so void.
“What’s the point? Why am I here? I was made for more?”
And the truth is……it’s true.
There could be more to life than books piling up, tests waiting to be graded, papers waiting to be edited, chores waiting to be completed, emails waiting to be sent, lunches waiting to be eaten, sitting, getting cold.
There could be more to life than waking up to routine every morning, doing chores, living in the ordinary.
You could be made for more. You are made for more, made to minister to all nations, made to love and to preach, to serve, to use the talents that God has crafted into your Christ-core.
When the facts face you and it looks like everything’s pointless you begin to lose interest. You no longer care because you see no benefit.
But what you need to know is that pointless things still matter.
We know this through the example of our Lord and savior, Jesus….the carpenter’s son.
Jesus, the carpenters son.
Isn’t that interesting?
Have you ever thought about it before?
Why is it important that Jesus was a carpenter’s son? Well that can be traced back to Jewish tradition. Because of the Hebrew religion it was expected that the son carried on the father’s business. If you were born to a fisherman, you became a fisherman. If you were born to a priest, you became a priest. If you were born to a locksmith, you became a locksmith. If you were born to a carpenter you became a teacher.
No, that’s not right. If you were born to a carpenter, you were supposed to become a carpenter.
Jesus was supposed to be a carpenter….according to tradition. BUT, according to God’s plan He was supposed to be a teacher.
“And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
If Jesus was supposed to be a teacher, why was He born to a carpenter? Why was He not born to a teacher? Why did he waste His youth training to be a carpenter? What is the purpose?
As far as I can see, there is none.
Jesus was ordained by God as God to a life of preaching and teaching. But he trained as a carpenter so hours and days, weeks, months, years, of His life were pointless. As God, the one who planned this, Jesus knew.
Did He give up then, because He knew it served no purpose? We know, just by the fact that He’s Jesus, the perfect faultless human, that He didn’t.
No, He didn’t.
What He did do was His best. He applied all that He was to His work as a carpenter. He honored and obeyed His earthly father while He was under his instruction. He worked efficiently, to the best of His ability, and in all His work He did it in a way that glorified The Father.
And because of His example, we know that pointless things DO matter.
Furthermore, we know what God expects of us when we face something that is pointless….
“Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
In Christ Alone~EleyanaFaith