Are You Chiseled?

DavidI want to tell you a true story of a huge block of white marble that went unused for years.  Two different sculptors declared the block too full of imperfections to be of any use.

Many Might Consider You Flawed 

Do you ever feel too full of imperfections to be of any use?  You might hear whispers in your heart that you are worthless.  No one would ever want you.  You might begin to believe that even God Himself sees nothing but flaws, imperfections, and worthlessness when looking into your life.  Many Christians believe that they are fundamentally too messed-up to ever be used by God to accomplish anything of lasting value.  Too many of us buy into this lie of Satan.    Let’s go back to our “worthless” block of stone.

It sat abandoned in a courtyard for over 25 years.  Standing over 18 feet tall, all it was good for was getting in the way.  Then, an artist came along who looked at the “valueless piece of rock” in a completely new way.  He saw something there… something deep within the block… something that others did not see.

One Artist Sees You Differently

Before we met Jesus Christ we might have spent much of our lives feeling exactly like that block of worthless marble.  Many of us were of no use and only good at being in everyone’s way.  Then Jesus came.  We asked Him to be our Lord and thanked Him for dying for us – although, at the time, we couldn’t see why Jesus would think we were worth dying for.  You might say we were just “blockheads”… and you’d be absolutely right.  But then Jesus asked for us by name.  He saw something… something deep within our souls… something others did not see.

1 Corinthians 6:20 says that Jesus bought us with a price.  He paid for our souls with the price of His own blood.  Even though we were declared worthless, Jesus died for us to buy us out of the courtyard of sin… then the work began.

[Back to the true story of our worthless block of marble…]

The artist began to work.  He carved.  He chipped.  He sanded.  He polished.  For three years he worked almost constantly.   It was said that the artist lived with that stone, hardly sleeping, and always carving, carving, carving.

God Is Chiseling Away At Our Lives

Once we become Christ-followers the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts with all kinds of power.  He helps us see areas of our daily living that do not glorify the Savior who died for us.  We see our sin, we confess that sin, He forgives and chips that sin away.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.       1 John 1:9 

The more we listen to God’s Word and learn to deal with the sins that filled our lives as non-believers, the more Christ changes us.  We become more and more “conformed to the image of Jesus.”  He is the artist chipping away, carving, and polishing so that we become more and more like the Lord.

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;      Romans 8:29 

[Back to our worthless block of marble…]

In 1504 the young sculptor Michelangelo revealed his completed masterpiece.  Standing 16 feet and 11.15 inches tall and weighing over 12,478 pounds the full figure of the Biblical hero David stands as an example of tremendous workmanship – with a value too great to be estimated.

You Are God’s Best Work 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.         Ephesians 2:10 

The word “workmanship” could literally be translated “masterpiece.”  As Christ-followers we are in the hands of a master workman – Jesus Himself.  Just like Michelangelo worked at carving away the marble until the statue of David emerged, The Lord works on our lives, chipping, chiseling, and sanding away the “junk” that doesn’t look like the masterpiece.

When they asked Michelangelo how he made his statue of David, he is reported to have said, “It is easy. You just chip away the stone that doesn’t look like David.”  When they ask the Holy Spirit, “How did you make that worthless character into such a beautiful, fruitful Christian?” He’s going to say, “It was easy.  I just chiseled away everything that didn’t look like Jesus.”

Thank you, Lord, for seeing something of value in me.  Thank you for paying such a huge price for such a worthless sinner.  Thank you for disciplining me, carving away my sins that cause me to stumble, chipping away my excuses, chiseling away everything that gets in the way of having others, when they look at my life and my Christian walk, see You!  I am amazed that you loved me enough to make me your masterpiece!!

Think about it…

5 Comments

  • Thank you for your latest blog which has just arrived into my IN box. I have just printed it off and we will use it in our prayer time today – time now 11.56am.

  • Greg Melton says:

    Len,
    Once again, God has used your blog to touch me and remind me that God is in the junk business! He cleans away all of my junk and gets rid of it! Praise be to God for what He still wants to do with us! Thank you Len!

  • David Thompson says:

    Len, once again…what an encouraging reminder. God’s
    work in us is never finished until we see Him! – Phil. 1:6

  • Janie says:

    You are gifted my friend…I knew it back then and so glad to reconnect with you again now. Really enjoy your blog and hope to aide in allowing others be blessed from your anointed words. Mahalo!

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