Throughout my years in the woodworking industry, I’ve learned many different aspects of the cabinet/furniture business: How to design and draw; how to safely cut parts; how to best assemble a strong, reliable piece of furniture. One of my specialties is applying the finish. I love experimenting with different layers of colors to enhance the beauty of the natural wood. It gives me great pride and joy to complete a project and see the various nuances of the wood “jump at me” through the finish.
In this “Do-it-Yourself” society, many people like learning new ideas especially in the area of home projects and furniture. Knowing what wood to choose and how to properly prepare it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of the final product. If this is something that you would like to explore, I’ve included some links here –
- DIY Network
- The Family Handyman
Unlike woodworking, where a person can take an uncompleted project, enhance and personalize it, that is not the case with spiritual salvation. There is nothing you can do that would add to the work that has already been done.
Sometimes us bloggers stumble across a really good article that we like to pass along. Yesterday, a good friend of mine shared another blogger’s story which I am in turn sharing again because it ties well to what I am trying to express. The article is entitled, “Can A Christian Lose Salvation?” The article describes very concisely what scripture tells us about the assurance of salvation.
For my purposes, the assurance of salvation falls on one statement – “It is finished,” said by Jesus on the cross. Such a simple statement, yet so deeply profound. The book of Hebrews tells us the Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith.
Hebrews 12:2 (KJV)
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
If Jesus is indeed the great finisher, then there is nothing else that needs to be done. The work is complete. There are other jobs I can work at, but as for my salvation – uh, uh ………… it’s done. I can can’t add to it, I can’t enhance it, nor can I improve it. That project was finished a long time ago. It was a woodworking project of sorts ……. God, working on a wooden cross ………… and the final product was beautiful beyond imagination.