1 John 3:2
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Sandpaper is a very useful product, but it can rub you the wrong way, so to speak. Sandpaper comes in various “grit” or coarseness ratings, with the lowest numbers being the coarsest and the finer grades having higher number (as high as 6000 which would be very fine). There’s also a rating on the material that is the backing of the sandpaper. It can be paper, cloth, or plastic, to mention a few). The rating on the backing tells you the thickness of the material and how well it might hold up to use or if it would be flexible sanding around undulating surfaces. There’s much to learn about particular sandpaper from its labeling.
Wouldn’t it be great if people had ratings like that? Look up, old William’s ratings on say, “work”? Does he show up on time? Is he efficient or is he a “fly by the seat of his pants” kind of worker? How about in matters of the heart? Is he attentive or does he want to be left alone?
Unfortunately those kinds of labels aren’t available and it’s probably a good thing that there aren’t any such labels. What is available; however, is something even better. Maybe we can call it a “Light” rating? As you view someone and how they live, ask this question…How much of Jesus do I see reflected in their life? Are they kind? Are they thoughtful? Do they “walk the talk”?
Variety Is the Spice of Life
Sometimes we need a grit that’s rugged and strong
To rip and tear all that is wrong
Sometimes we need a grit that’s delicate and fine
To smooth and shape a subtle line
Sometimes we need a grit that’s in the middle range
To knock off the edges, but not completely change
A good carpenter must know what each job will need
No one single paper or grit will be able to please
So don’t close the door on what might seem unneeded
It’s an abrasive lesson, if you let it go unheeded
©2017 by William Pierce
You call out all types of people for Your church, You bless them with different talents, and send them to different places all around the world. Every person is blessed with varying and valuable gifts. Help us to know what they are and where You would have us to go and put them to good use. Please reach out tonight and heal the sick, raise the dead, and change each of us daily. A rough sanding here, a fine sanding there, and one day we will be shaped into the likeness of Him who saved us.
Thank You, Lord