All that The Carpenter has gained could be lost for ill-gotten gain, and filthy lucre. What shall a man gain if he looses his own soul? A world that will burn! Along with his soul in an everlasting fire, that's what. "What about the job Christian? Double time on Sunday!" Offers Worldly Wiseman.
"No thank you sir, my ox isn't in the ditch and we go to church on Sunday." Is Christian's answer.
"It also says ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day." Wiseman counters.
"Our house is all electric now, sir. Thanks for the offer, but no thanks!"
It's no burden to lay some things down for the Lord. Jesus lay down His Life for The Carpenter. No sacrifice if he rests one day a week and dedicates it to The Lord. Jesus gave His Life's Blood and dedicated it to this man, if only this man. But it wasn't only for one man, though the cost of his sin would have still exacted the same price! Sin, one man's sin is so expensive, that only the sweet lamb of God, perfect and pure, the only begotten son, could substitute life for life. And not only life but life more abundantly, and everlasting. Just as God intended. Now that's faithful!
And true,... the only trueth The Carpenter has ever known to be without theory or practice. He is the way the trueth and the life. Jesus is all and all for this man, and nothing else is of value, unless The Lord is in it! "I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me, and that means providing for my family without compromising my values!" The Carpenter loves his work and calls it a need in his life, because he places the Lord in the middle of his business decisions, dedicating his labor to the Lord as well.
Does this mean he never makes mistakes, and always comes out ahead, profiting all the way to the bank and never struggles with finances? No, it rains on the just and the unjust. But it does mean he can ask for guidance, seek direction and knock on the Fathers door when he needs help.
"Let me know if you change your mind," Wiseman says. "I'll keep a spot open for you. I could use a good man like you."
"There is none good but one, and that is God." The Carpenter says.
"Well, if Christ be in you and you be in Christ, then your good enough for me!"
The Carpenter takes scripture seriously and considers this, and studies to make himself approved of God, not man. This very evening he opens his Bible, rightly dividing the word. Seeking the first fruits of repentance, with a contrite heart. He checks out the word contrite in his Strongs Concordance and sees its definition as Broken, Beat to pieces, Powdered, Crushed, Collapsed, Crumbled, Bruised and Humbled!
Page 2 of 2 - "Maimed and smitten," The Carpenter says out loud in his study.
....To Be Continued.
This is part two of a three part series.