Making A Tub

August 29, 2000
by John Faris

Ephesians 4:15-16 – Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together ("fitly joined together" – KJV) by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love as each part does its work. (NIV)

Samuel Hebich gives this very simple insight to Ephesians 4:

    You and I cannot make a tub. It requires a good carpenter to make a tub, or it will hold no water, because it is not made of one piece of wood, but of many and they must be fitly joined together. There are four things to make a good tub:

  • It must have a good bottom.

  • Each of the pieces must be fitly joined to the bottom.

  • Each one must be fitly joined to his fellow.

  • Each one shall be kept close by the bands outside.
  • One piece may be narrow and the next piece wide, yet it shall be a good tub; but if a little stone or a bit of a stick come between the pieces it will not do at all. What is the small stick or stone between the pieces of wood? It is the little quarrel, the hard word, the dirty bit of money that keeps brother from being fitly joined to brother. What is the piece of wood that falls out of the circle? It is the proud unforgiving spirit that every one can feel is in the meeting and which causes the heavenly peace to run out. Oh beloved, be fitly joined together.

Prayer: Lord, show us the little things we do or say or think which cause the heavenly peace to run out. Amen.

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John Faris <farisjohn@gmail.com>
Cork, Ireland

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