Kindling and Workmanship

“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

In a craftsman’s shop there are all kind of pieces of wood and other materials. Some pieces are going to be worked over until they become his workmanship and his masterpieces. Other pieces are devoted to the fire. They are scraps used for kindling, cooking, and heating. His workmanship are the things that he values and brings into his house. The scraps are things that are discarded.

Peter tells us that the things of this world, the things that we take pride in, work so hard for, and treasure so much, are the things that will be set on fire and dissolved. What a wretched life to care and treasure and obsesses over kindling! How sad is our existence if we neglect God’s workmanship.

We are God’s workmanship. We are God’s field. We are God’s building. We are the ones that God wants to bring into his house. May we neglect the kindling and never neglect God’s workmanship. May we value what God values. May we see this world and the things of this world for what they really are: garbage and kindling.