Smoothing the Rough Edges
“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:25
When I was a kid, I participated in a pine derby car race as part of my AWANA Club. There was a long race track with four or five lanes that would test to see which car was the fastest. I am sure the fathers took more pride in the race than the kids, and there were some creative people who made a simple block of wood look like a masterpiece.
I remember picking up my car kit and receiving an unshaped block of wood and a set of wheels. I thought we could simply drill holes in it and send it off on the race track, but my dad has greater plans for my car. My dad took my kit and placed it on his work bench next to the vice and unveiled his plan for my car. I remember the lines he drew and the time he took to give my block of wood some TLC. He would go to the garage and work on the car, and it seemed that with every passing day, the car looked less and less like a block of wood.
I walked into the garage one day, and my block of wood had been transformed into a race car. It no longer looked liked that rectangular block of wood, but it had been shaped into a mean lean machine. The car had a fresh paint job and the wheels were polished just so. My dad added a weight underneath the car that would provide the force it needed to achieve optimum speed. It was hard to imagine that my car was once a plain block of wood, as it now looked poised for victory.
My car did quite well and it finished second behind my mom’s car. My block of wood would have not done much on race day if it was not carefully shaped and molded. It took hours of cutting, sanding and shaping to make it what it was. We are quite the same as my little car, needing the work of God to shape us. We are a block of wood needing Him to smooth out the rough edges of our life so that we may look more like our Master. The more we look like our Master, the more honor and glory we bring Him as others our drawn to Him by our lives. Sanctification is a process that takes time, but we have a patient God who will change our life if we allow Him to do a good work through us.
Where are you today friend? Are you a block of wood willing to be molded by the Master? Do you seek your own way or do you actively seek the will of your Father? Are you willing to be molded, so that you may run the race He has called you to run? May we desire to be holy as He is holy, and may we be changed into the image of His Son. To God be the glory!
Stay in the fight!