From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view, even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21 (NRSV)
Miles Q. Turner, from Illinois, has a tiny woodworking shop in the basement of his house, and he loves spending time making things. One day he was planing down a rough piece of oak timber and marveling at how, with just a bit of scraping on the surface, an unattractive piece of wood could become so beautiful. Wood that starts out rough and unremarkable can become smooth to the tough and reveal intricate patterns of its grain. As a woodworker, you look at wood differently - you see what it can become in your hands.
Miles then realized that our Savior, Jesus Christ, was a carpenter and probably understood this experience. As a woodworker looks at timber, Jesus sees each of us - not just who we are but who we can become. Before we meet Jesus we are like a rough piece of timber. But the Carpenter planes away our sin, sanding and shaping us with gentle and loving hands until we become beautiful.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, shape us into beautiful masterpieces, ready to do your work. Open our eyes to see the beauty in those around us, in Jesus' name, amen.