Jesus was a carpenter by trade. He picked up tools and made things. Jesus learned a craft and worked just like the others in his community.
“Isn’t this the carpenter?” some asked in Mark 6:3. Jesus could have worked in another occupation, such as a physician, priest, scholar, soldier, fisherman or shepherd or even an earthly king. But, why did Jesus choose to be a carpenter?
Carpenters make things of utility and value. The carpenter does the work and the object in his hand yields to his design. Carpenters have a plan. They take what is common and make it special.
Carpenters are builders and this is what God the Father wants us to understand about his Son—Jesus Christ is a builder.
Jesus builds in the natural and the supernatural, in the material and the spiritual. Jesus built the universe. Colossians 1:16-17 tells us Jesus created all things whether “in heaven and on earth … visible or invisible.” The passage reads:
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
What Jesus creates, he sustains: “In him all things hold together.”
Today, Jesus is building you, me, and every Christian. There is no person who cannot be improved by the work of Jesus Christ in their life. We are in his hands and under construction at all times and his plan is to make us more like him.
Much of Jesus’ construction takes place where we spend most of our time, and that is at our jobs and in the workplace. God can use the circumstances and events in your work-life to change you for the better. He is sovereign over your successes and your failures. Jesus can bring good out of every situation you will ever experience.
Paul declares in 2 Timothy 2:15:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed.”
As a Christian, you are “as one approved.” Jesus saved you and is working in you now so he can work through you later. When you show up to work—Jesus shows up to work.