Therewas a man one day drawing on the sidewalk with chalk; he must have been therefor some time for he had drawn a picture of the Mona Lisa. It was beautifullydone, and after the artist had left and went home some young boys on bicyclesintentionally ran over the artwork sliding their tires and really destroyingthe artist hard work. When I read that I was immediately upset in my mind. Isaid “why on earth would someone literally destroy something so beautiful forno reason.” All of a sudden my mind went by to a time when a man came to KingDavid by the name of Nathan. Nathan told King David a story that upset him, theKing got so upset that he said this.
2Samuel12:5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and hesaid to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thingshall surely die: David was so angry that he was ready to send that manto his grave but then Nathan said to David that he was the man. It’s easy toread a story about a chalk drawing of the Mona Lisa being destroyed by youngboys and get upset. I must ask myself this question; have I ever marred anyone’sclay? The Bible tells us that we areGod’s workmanship.
Ephesians2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto goodworks, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Everyone of us are God’s masterpieces so that means if I use unkind language towardanother one of God’s masterpieces then the possibility of me marring someoneelse’s clay is very possible.
Ephesians4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, butthat which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto thehearers. I got angry when I readthe story but then God used something to show me a picture of myself. It waswith a young man with Down syndrome. He spoke to everyone he came in contactwith and he had a smile on his face. He was also hugging everyone; it didn’tmatter if they were fat, skinny, black or white. It didn’t matter to him if theywanted his love or not. You might say oh yes but he was inflected with adisease that caused him to act and do those things. I don’t know maybe we arethe ones with the disease. That young man didn’t say harsh words, hold grudgesor dislike anyone and it didn’t matter to him if you liked him or not. You weregoing to be loved on. In this world that you and I live in people areconstantly tearing down the worth of others. Wouldn’t it be great if we were tosee others as God’s unique workmanship. Can you remember someone saying harshwords to you? I sure do, in 1968 my drill sergeant said to me “boy you’ll neveramount to anything.” Those words cut to the bone and on that day I said tomyself you just wait and see. As I look back now; those words did cut to thebone and hurt, he was upset with me and rightly so. He said something he may ormay not have meant in his anger. I have done the same thingin my anger and impatience at a critical moment have marred God’s workmanship.So God sent a Nathan to me in the form of a Down syndrome child to show me mywrong. I must be slow to speak and quick to think of what I might do to othersthat could last a life time.
James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man beswift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not therighteousness of God.