Ever Wonder Why Jesus Spent so Much Time Making Tables?
By: American Decency Staff
Ever wonder why Jesus spent so much time making tables? Why did he spend the vast majority of his life on earth working with his hands in a carpentry shop?
Surely he, of all people, had a divine mission so urgent and important that it exempted him from years of hard work at a lowly job that lacked any religious merit.
As Tom Nelson puts it in his book, Work Matters:
Here was the Son of God sent to earth on a redemptive mission of seeking and saving the lost, of proclaiming the gospel, yet he spent the vast majority of his time in an obscure carpentry shop.
This doesn’t seem to be a very smart use of Jesus’s extraordinary gifts or his messianic mission.
Today, we might say that Jesus just missed God’s will for his life…
…Or maybe not. Maybe we’re the ones who have poorly defined sacred and secular.
We can already learn a lesson from this: If we feel like our spiritual gifts are not being well used in our work for a season, that’s okay – welcome to the life of Jesus.
Also when we (as we so often do) feel like God has given us a huge mission to accomplish, yet what we do every day isn’t outwardly related to that mission, that’s okay, too. We must look for ways that our work develops our character, our skills, and our faith while we wait.