Stand Tall

"So stand tall, for we are daughters, we are sons
Step straight into this love
We bear the mark of our Creator" 
- Bellarive -

If you allow those words to sink in, as a Christ-follower you have no choice but to live in the freedom from sin and shame.
You can listen to the whole song here.  (Ignore the nature slideshow, just listen. Or buy the whole album on iTunes, you will not be disappointed.)

I believe those words to be true.  We do "bear the mark of our Creator", the Almighty God.  My heart longs to create.  I find myself dreaming of owning a shop where I can spend all day, everyday, designing and building things that my Creator would be proud of.   

I also like to imagine what things Jesus created as a carpenter's son.  If his childhood was anything like mine he would have been fascinated with his father's work at an early age and would have collected every piece of scrap wood he could find to try to make something.

I remember one of my proudest moments as a child came when I was about 10 years old.  I had been spending most of my summer break with my dad on the job site he was working on.  I had gathered some scrap wood and nails one day and decided to build a box.  I asked my dad a few questions and then built what turned out to be a ridiculously heavy crate. (made from 2x12 cut-offs)  I didn't go to the job site the next day, but when my dad got home he told me that they were trying to finish some work on the house when it started to pour down rain.  He said they used my crate to stand on to get the house dried-in.  He told me they couldn't have finished the job without my crate.

Now, I don't know how much of that story was true, but in that moment I could not have been more proud that my dad would use and appreciate my work in that way.

I get short of breath thinking of what it would be like to see and touch a Jesus-original table, or a hand-crafted chair made of a Middle Eastern hardwood that came from Joseph's wood shop.  The same hands that were pierced for my iniquities on the cross of Calvary were often covered in a fine powder of sawdust. 

I wonder what His creations looked like.  Were they perfect in every way, like His perfect nature?  Or were they wonderfully imperfect, with many "Maker's marks"?  Were His designs simple, modeled after the commoners He spent most of His time with, or were His designs jaw-dropping, modeled after the perfect workmanship and function of His heavenly home?  Did He build from the best wood in the country, or did he gather broken pieces and make them into a new creation?  

The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house.
- Isaiah 44:13 ESV -

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
- Ephesians 2:10 ESV -

We are His workmanship.  He created us.  My Father is the Creator and I am made in His image.  
He created us for the purpose of bringing Him glory and He did not make any mistakes.  One day EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus is Lord of all.  I'm praying that I would rest in the truth that I am a child of the King.  Not by my own merit, but because of the faith I have in what Christ Jesus did on the cross to pay the debt I could not pay.  

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