Please give glory and honor to God for anything that we have done. It is only through Him that we were able to accomplish the things mentioned.
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Message Updated January 2019
Who are You?
Author is unknown to me. I got it from the Internet a long time ago.
Rom 12:5-6 So since we find oursleves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing oursleves with each other, or trying to be something we are not. MSG
During World War II allied bombers wreaked havoac over Europe to help bring an end to the war. In a small village near an industrial plant, one of the bombs fell off-course and destroyed the village cathedral.
After the war, the people of the village gathered any items that they had of any value and gave them to the pastor to sell, in order to buy materials to rebuild their place of worship. A year passed and the pastor hired an architect to draw up the plans for the new building. After the drawings were completed and the townspeople had given to the pastor everything but the bare necessities that they needed to live on, a contractor was hired to rebuild the cathedral.
The contractor ws given a strict time frame in which to complete the building. He had no trouble finding brick masons, stonecutters, carpenters and other craftsman to work on the project. He needed three stained glass artisons to complete the project on time.,but he could only find two in post war Europe. One day a disheveled-looking man came to the contractor and said he was a stained glass artisan and had heard the contractor needed a third worker. The contractor scoffed at the man with tattered clothes, unkempt hair and a rough face coverred with stubble of a beard.
"You? You are a stained glass artisan?" "Yes," replied the man with a smile. "Not only that, I will work for three meals a day and a place to sleep at night. When my window is finished and if you and the townspeople approve of it, then pay me the same rate of pay that you are paying the other two artisans." The cntractor felt like he could not lose and agreed to the man's requests.
As the man was leaving, he asked for one more item. "Could you put a curtain around the window where I will be working? I do not like people watching me work." "Sure, okay," replied the contractor. He asked the man's name, but he said his name was not important.
Months went by and the building rose from the ashes. Every morning the man would speak to the other two stained glass men and then quielty go behind his curtain to work. As the contractor's deadline neared, he grew more and more nervous about what the window would look like or if it would even be finished on time. Finally the day came for the townspeople to inspect ther new cathedral. The contractor showed off the fine woodwork, precision cut stones and glistening marble. He then moved over to the first two stained glass windows. The beauty of their new church home astounded the people.
A quiet hush fell over the building as they approached the curtain covering the third window. All they heard was the tapping of a hammer. The contractor barked out, "Are you finished yet?" The man tapped his hammer one last time and said, "Sure, take the curtain down."
There before the people was the most magnificient, most wonderful, most elegant and most beautiful stained glass window anyone had ever seen. Tears welled up in their eyes as the admired the craftsmanship and the pure beauty of the window.
The contractor was relieved to see the astonishing work. He asked the man for his name again. Yet once more, the man said his name was not important. Then the contractor asked him if he could at least tell them where he got the glass to make the window. It was far superior to all the glass in the other two windows. "Sure", replied the man.
"Every morning as I talked to the other two workers I would reach down into their trash barrels and take out the broken, unwanted pieces of glass. I used those discarded pieces to make my window."
So who are you in the story? Are you feeling like a discarded piece of glass that will never amoount to anything? Perhaps you are the skeptical contractor, not believing that something can be made of what seems to be nothing? Maybe you are one of the townspeople, giving all you can to help rebuild other people's lives. Perhaps you are like the other two stained glass artisons. Your life is acceptable, but maybe you have become complacent. You stopped striving to be the very best. Maybe you are the almost-completed window and God is tapping the final peices in place, crafting you even more into the image of the greatest Masterpiece ever, Jesus.
I don't know who you are, but I do know that if you will let Him, God will not stop working on you --- He will never give up on you until you become all that He intends for you to become - with your cooperation! So set extra time to pray, compose that song, write that book, go on that mission trip. Step out for Jesus and watch what HE does!
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