May 7, 2007, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

A perfect pattern

Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Yes, I’m still working on those cabinets. They aren’t done yet.

The other day, I was cutting 17-inch pieces of 2-inch boards and gluing them together for drawer fronts. Usually, when I am cutting a number of pieces the same length, I mark one “pat,” which is short for “pattern.”

Well, since I was cutting only 10, I didn’t make a pattern, but simply laid it in front of the miter saw after I marked the length with it. After cutting out about seven of them, I picked up the piece that was left and was about to use it to mark my next cut.

I thought my marked piece looked a little short, so I checked it with the others. Sure enough, I had used the wrong piece as a pattern!

Oh, how easy it is to pick up the wrong piece, when there are a lot of choices before you.

God marked the right pattern for our lives by raising His Son, Jesus Christ from the dead. Many people have lived lives that others have picked up as a pattern for themselves, yet, when they come to death, and one day to judgment, they find out they are short of perfection.

On Pentecost, Peter preached in Acts 2:36, “Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Are you patterning your life after one of your parents? Or another respected relative? Or a famous person that you admire?

The only One who is worthy of being a pattern for our lives is God’s Son, Jesus. All others will disappoint, and because of sin, will die.

Only one sinless Son can take you safely through death. God marked Him for us as a pattern by raising Him from the dead.

Pick up your Bible and trust Him as your Savior. Then, let Him daily be your pattern.

And know your Bible well, so you don’t pick up the wrong pattern.

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