Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 12)
Do you see a man who excels in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before unknown men.
Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV)
But Jesus answered them, 'My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.'
John 5:17 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are craftsmen. A craftsman is 'a man who practices a craft with great skill' (American Heritage Dictionary).
Such as? A shepherd, an artist, a soldier, a fisherman, a tentmaker, a physician, a handmaid or a carpenter. Like Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul, Luke, Mary and Jesus. God's heroes did not seek jobs of power or prestige. But power and prestige sought them.
'Whoever humbles himself shall be exalted' (Matthew 23:12). 'And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the Voice of the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Note from Carey: When I was in college, I married a student, the son of a clerical worker. I left school and he continued... going higher and higher. At the end, he was a pedigreed professional, and I was a craftsman of sorts--working in my mother's modeling school. We crafted models.
As the talent industry got dirtier, my craft became suspect. I suffered at the mouths of people who thought my job was less than theirs.
Perhaps other craftsmen face similar scoffs from platformed professionals--those with letters trailing their names like a long-tailed dog: CEO, JD, PhD, MD, CPA, DDS, MBA, PE or even DD (doctor of divinity).
Consider Jesus: He suffered positional ridicule from Jewish leaders. They denounced His lack of formal education and worldly status: 'Isn't this the carpenter?' (Mark 6:3); Similarly, a beggar He healed got the boot when he dared to speak to church officials: ' 'Are you teaching us?' And they cast him out' (John 9:34).
Therefore, for all the unnoticed working-class heroes on Planet Earth, those who work with their hands and hearts in unheralded excellence, I remind you of The One Who does notice:
'God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His Name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister' (Hebrews 6:10).
Some might call craftsmen common people. I call them uncommonly good.
Being a craftsman is an invitation to godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.