Dillon Barber // Ephesians 2:10 // As a hobby woodworker, I have thoroughly enjoyed the recent trend of using reclaimed wood for furniture and home decorating. Barn wood, fence boards, even pallets can be reclaimed and repurposed in thousands of creative ways. As much as I like the rustic reclaimed look, I am even more attracted to the metaphor it offers.
Just as a carpenter or craftsman salvages an old piece of lumber, God is in the process of reclaiming human beings. Each of one of us was created to live in a loving, intimate relationship with God. We were created with purpose and intent. Yet sin has broken that relationship and disrupted God’s purpose. We bear the scars of that sin in our lives and stories. Just like rusty nail holes, dry rot, and deep cracks, we have broken hearts, broken relationships, hurts and hang-ups that have become a part of who we are.
The good news is that God is reclaiming us. By the blood of Jesus on the cross and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, we are being made new again. God is removing the dry rot, sanding down the rough edges and reshaping us into something different, new and beautiful. We are being reclaimed and made into something useful for God’s kingdom work. We may carry some of our scars through the rest of our lives, but instead of ugly wounds, God uses them to demonstrate his power of redemption in our lives. By God’s grace, our wounds become part of the character that makes us beautiful and usable by Him.
“For we are Gods’ workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”- Ephesians 2:10