Why Pointless Things Still Matter

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?”

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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,

“Why?”

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.

Wait….what?

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

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One thought on “Why Pointless Things Still Matter

  1. Air1Lyssa says:

    Its so unspeakably awe-striking that Christ would lower Himself SO FAR to DIE for us… He would become a carpenter…do some “pointless” woodworking to the best of His ability for years and years and years of His life [He actually put effort into it!?]… just to be later killed by the ones He came to save! What grace…what love! But it doesn’t stop there – today, God blesses us! WHAT! He BLESSES us. He PROVIDES for us. He gives us AIR to breathe. He LOVES us. He GUIDES us. He bestows GRACE and MERCY upon us! And to think that we have the audacity to hate Him? To curse Him? HOW. WHY. Wow… Thank you for posting this, Eleyana, it truly calls to my attention (again) the great indescribable-ness of our Lord!

    “I couldn’t have asked for more than God in deliberate grace has surprised me with!”― Jim Elliot

    “I thank my God. Life has been made so full for me. Sea-like, but having no ebb. Nature, Body, Soul, Friendship, Famliy – all full for me, and then, what many have not – the capacity to enjoy. And He said, ‘Lack ye anything?’ and they said, ‘Nothing.’ ” Shadow of the Almighty, page 153

    ~ Alyssa

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