“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him” (Mk 6:3)

Because I want to know my Lord better, I searched some information of what makes a good carpenter. This is what I have found: A good carpenter needs the following:

*Passion for his work; an admiration and understanding of the beauty of wood

*A desire to be perfect, to improve through experience having the skill of using wood to create durable and beautiful things that stand the test of time

Carpentry is not an easy work. It is not learned in a class room out of text-books. A carpenter learns most of the technical skills directly on the job. He is taught by an older carpenter who is his master while serving as a helper for three or four years. A good carpenter is focused on the details. An error of one inch can make a huge difference between success and failure. He can’t afford to be distracted when measuring and cutting.  A good carpenter is dedicated to his job. Old carpenters say they can train anyone with adequate manual dexterity and simple math skills to become a skilled carpenter. But it’s the attitude toward the job, the passion and the dedication to do your best that can’t be taught by men. Being humble, diligent, hardworking, grateful, happy and faithful to the Master are highly sought qualities in an apprentice.  A good carpenter needs good health and physical strength. The job is hard and requires considerable standing, bending, kneeling and climbing for many hours.

Our Lord worked as a carpenter for 18 years. Surely he had all the qualities listed above. Joseph, his foster father thought him all he knew. Because Jesus worked so long and so hard, he made work for daily bread to be special. By His labor, He condemned laziness and stealing. Many are unhappy with their jobs. They think that it is too low for their social status. Look unto Jesus and learned from Him! Never be ashamed of the labor of your hands! Jesus made yokes for the oxen. I am sure His yokes were the best in the country, smooth and easy to carry. All the oxen that were privileged to carry His yokes were happy and grateful animals. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28, 29)

Spiritually speaking, He was faithful to His heavenly Father, who was also His Teacher and His Mentor. Jesus Christ is God, but as a Man on earth He learned obedience to God by the things He suffered. That is why He is the Source of eternal salvation to all His obedient children (Heb 5:8, 9). He humbled Himself even unto death. He died on a Cross made by a carpenter like Him. Humanity is His raw material, His wood. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are His tools. Each time He touched a soul, something eternally beautiful was created for the glory of God! That is how we should be, trained by the gentle and strong hands of the heavenly Carpenter! Dear children of God, welcome to ministry!


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