God will see it

A stonemason had been assigned the task of putting the finishing touches on one of the small sculptures for the top of the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. An observer, watching the delicate and meticulous craftsmanship, asked him, “Doesn’t it bother you that after all your hard work, no one will be able to see your artistry?”

The stonemason replied, “God will see it, and that is enough for me.”

Paul wrote to the Colossian Christians: “And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through Him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17).

Peter told believers of his day (and ours) that they were “living stones, being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

As followers of Christ, we are a part of what God is building in this world. What we are able to accomplish is our tribute to Him. The way we live our lives illustrates our understanding of the “why” we live. When our eyes and hearts are fixed on Him, we can be motivated to honor Him with the best we have to offer.

He gave us gifts, abilities, talents. He will empower, lead and guide us, but we choose how we will utilize our gifts. A woodcutter from the hills was told that he could cut much more wood if he used one of those new-fangled chainsaws instead of the trusty old handsaw that had seen many years of work. Finally convinced, he went to the hardware store and bought one. A week later he was back with the chainsaw and a complaint. He told the salesman that he was cutting far less wood but using far more effort. He wanted his money back. The salesman was puzzled and asked to take a look at the new saw. He pulled the cord and the chainsaw roared to life. The woodcutter was shocked. Over the noise of the whirring chain blades, he said to the salesman, “Will you look at that! What will they think of next?”

It is pathetic when the power available to us is never used!

Sunday’s coming. I hope you are. See you with a Bible in your hand and a friend by your side!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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