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The Carpenter's Apprentice

Brother Jeff's Message

It has been over ten years since I left Schwartz Electric company and while I have done some small jobs here and there, only dabbling in the basics, it has been at least ten years since I took a serious look at the National Electric Code. The code book changes periodically to adjust for our ever increasing knowledge and technological advancements in the industry. As Ken and I work to wire Ms. Brenda’s house, I find myself consulting it often. The NEC doesn’t exactly tell you how to do much but it definitely tells you what you must do in order to meet standards. Furthermore, one day very soon we will call for inspection and the inspector will come to look at our work to see that it meets the standard set forth by NEC. The reality is he will judge our work and determine if we will pass or fail. If we fail, it will cost us time and money (consequences) but we will also know where we have fallen short and be able to make corrections. The better we know the code, the better our chance for success on the first try.

This morning I cannot help but draw parallels with the Bible, the Word of God. The psalmist wrote, “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). John wrote, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13) and in John 8:31-32 Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Much like the code book tells us how to wire a house correctly, the Bible teaches us the way to live a life affectively and how to please the God who gave us life. Unlike the code book which changes with the times, the Bible is unchanging but applicable to all time. 1 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Peter similarly wrote, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3). If pleasing God and “passing His inspection” is our goal, His word is the only thing we need to instruct and guide us - but we must stay in it; “abide” or live in it as he says in John 8:31. The Hebrew writer says, “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Inspection is coming! Have you checked your “wiring” against the “code”?

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