Do you know what’s the difference between a Ford and a Rolls Royce? Ok, so there’s a lot of them! You can buy a Ford for around $40,000. A Rolls Royce will cost you more than $400,000. What about the difference between a Timex watch and a Patel Philippe? You can get a Timex for about $30. The most expensive watch ever sold was a Patel Philippe for just under $24,000,000, but you can get a cheap one in the six figure range. I could go on, but you want to know what the real difference is between these? One is handcrafted by master artisans. They don’t skimp on the details and each piece is carefully put together to create a masterpiece. That’s what gives each of these such great value.
In Genesis 1 -2, we read the story of creation. The earth was formless and void when God spoke, “Let there be light.” Boom, there was light! “Let there be land.” It rose up out of the seas. “Let there be planets and stars, animals, fish, trees, plants and everything else.” Boom! Boom! Boom! There they were. Then Genesis 2:7 says, “Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live” (GNT). He spoke almost everything into existence, and all of creation has great value, but He handcrafted people. He reached down, got some ordinary dirt and formed Adam, leaving His fingerprints all over us. Then He breathed into us.
Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (ESV). He didn’t just form Adam and Eve. He formed you as well. You are fearfully and wonderfully handcrafted. Ephesians 2:10 says we are His workmanship. All His handcrafted works are wonderful, including you. There are a lot of voices out there that will try to tell you otherwise. They’ll try to pin your value on your past instead of on the fingerprints you carry. When you look in the mirror and hear those voices, push back! Say the truth that you are a priceless work of art. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Say it until your soul knows it very well.
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2 responses to “Handcrafted”
Excellent encouragement Chris, thank you brother. I love the story of Creation and particularly His personal touch in creating man; and that it also took His breath too!
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
— Genesis 2:7
What a thought…that we have been fashioned by Him, and He breathed life into us!
It’s something we need to remember. We are valued above all creation!