DayBreaks for 9/09/19: Handmade in Heaven
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2009:
You’ve read the labels before: “Handmade in Italy.” “Made by hand in Ireland.” “Handmade in China.” Do all three of those statements give you the same feeling? For many years, “handmade in China” would not stir one to think all that highly of the product, unless it was some special type of pottery or other work of art. For a long time, “Made in Japan” and “Made in China” had reputations of suggesting poor quality. To some extent, that has change in more recent times, but problems with toxic paints on toys and other manufacturing issues have once again made us skeptical of things made in places such as China.
On the other hand, “Handmade in Italy” probably would cause one to think that the product is worth something extra. There is a higher reputation for things made in Italy (for example) versus China. And the “handmade” part of the label leads one to suspect that an artisan made that particular product.
What would be the most priceless artifact in history? It might be hard to say, but I’d venture a guess that if there were a table or chair or some article made out of wood that could be verified as being handmade by Jesus that it would be the most priceless treasure ever found. Bids would become astronomical! Alas, no such artifact has ever been found.
That is not to say, however, that we have nothing that was handmade by Jesus. We do – plenty of things that were handmade by Him. The sun, moon, stars, the oceans, mountains, animals…all were made by Him (John 1:3). Truly, we live in a world of wonders!
But the very best news is what John 1:3 implies: it means that you are handmade by Jesus! Scripture speaks about this in many places, including Job 10:10-11 and Psalm 139 (my favorite Psalm). Now what does THAT say about you? You are priceless…far more so than a table formed under the blows and gouging planes that Jesus once held in His hands. Jesus never died for a table or chair, though they’d be priceless today if they could be located. But He did die for you.
You are “Handmade by the Lord” and infinitely more precious than anything else in this world!
PRAYER: Thank You for forming us and shaping us by Your precious hands! May we be worthy representatives of Your handiwork and bring glory to our Maker! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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