Shaped by the Master… by JW Kaiser

When I was seventeen I was asked by a local surfboard shaper to ride for his “brand”. This was exciting because it meant I could custom design my boards, and get different boards with different dimensions, color schemes, and such. The first board he gave me was one he shaped for me and it worked really well. But being a restless teen, I decided I wanted to order as many boards as I could, as quickly as I could. I made whatever changes I thought the boards needed, even though at that point I had shaped a grand total of zero boards. I designed and ordered a handful of other boards from that shaper under my “sponsorship”. All of them with a better color scheme and sticker placement than the previous one, and all of them rode progressively more terribly than the previous one. When I say terribly, I mean my surfing went backwards a few years. Why didn’t I just let the master craftsman (the shaper) do what he does best? Why did I think I knew better?

The metaphor for our faith is probably obvious. The chances are really good that you, like me, do your best to live life the way you want, while ignoring the only one that is qualified to lead our lives, because he is the master craftsman of all of creation, including you and me. The antidote to this problem is for us to do our best to put to rest the deception that our idea of how to live our lives somehow will work better compared to way a loving God made us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our lives. Let us look to his good word in the Bible. And let’s seek the wisdom of our elders. Let’s lean on the authority and fellowship of a good local church. Let’s let go of the shaping plan of our own wisdom, and submit to the one who knows us best and loves us the most to shape us into the creation and child of God he has planned for us.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21