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Is This Not The Carpenter's Son?

"When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, 'Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter's son?...'" (Mat. 13:54-55).

As R.E. Miller once pointed out, when God decided to make the most perfect example of godly character and the most perfect ministry to ever walk the earth, He did not choose the school of the prophets, a hermit's cave on a mountain, or the scribe's school of the Torah. Instead, He chose a carpenter's shop. So also in your life, the perfect setting for you to become all that you are destined to become in Christ Jesus is just life where you live and work.

Spiritual prodigies, in my observation, rarely become Christ-like in character, but do make wonderful Christian celebrities. They can wow the crowds on TBN, but they usually have a difficult time living it out where it is most difficult, and therefore most meaningful: at home and at work. God, at times will lead us into strange or unique circumstances, but most often, when He takes in hand to make a vessel fit for noble purposes, he uses the used car dealership, the house filled with children or an aging parent, the title company, the construction site, the surveyor's office, the hospital, the refrigeration business, or in my case, the men's prison. Just life where you live it contains all of the tools necessary for God to shape you into exactly what He desires you to be. No need to long for a different station in life. In fact, it may be that what you long for is escape from the fires that purge and perfect. Just do what it is you do as unto the Lord, where you do it. "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going" (Ecc. 9:10 NKJV).

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