2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
I am not a skilled carpenter, master electrician, or amazing mechanic but I do know a little about these trades. Growing up I was very attentive in different areas. I tried to learn as much as I could from people. The little that I know I have learned by volunteering at the church or helping men in our church work. I have helped carpenters frame walls, put up drywall, run pipes, and have done some electrical. One thing that working in these trades require are tools. Tools are important. Tools are a necessity.
Just as tools are important to different trades, tools are important to God. A carpenter’s tools might be a hammer, tape measure, drill and saw. God’s tools are His people. Don’t get me wrong, God does not need us to finish His work. He is almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. He created the universe in 6 days by speaking it to existence. He doesn’t not need us, but it is awesome to know that He chooses to use us as tools to finish His work.
Let me give you some aspects of tools that a tradesman might want, and relate that to us as tools God would use.
1. There are different type of tools.
God created us all different. Psalm 139 tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God’s will for my life might not be the same for you. God has called us all to serve Him, but He might have a different will for your life then your neighbor.
Just as there are different tools for different projects, God uses us all differently.
2. Quality matters in tools.
I bought tools from the 99 cents only store before. They are inexpensive, but most of the time they fail me. It is very frustrating to use a tool that will not work properly or will break on you while you are using it. Tool quality is important.
A tool must be:
You can have the best tools but if they are not available to be used, they are just as worthless as the bad tool that you have. As Christian let’s be available to what God has for us. Can God count on us to be available when we are needed?
I love quality tools that are flexible, adjustable and pliable. Just as I like these types of tools, God loves His people to be flexible, adjustable, and pliable. God wants us to say like men of old, “Here am I Lord, send me.
3. The tool is insignificant.
The glory always goes to the product. No one ever gives praise to the tools. When we see a nice brand-new building, no one ever says, “Boy! That Milwaukee drill set did a great job” or “Man, that skilled saw cut an awesome angle.” No, we don’t say that. We usually are amazed and glory in the finished product. We have to understand that the finished product would not be glorious without the tools that shaped, formed, and bound the product together.
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Tools are important to the Lord and we are His tools. Sometimes we might get out and work for the Lord and get no recognition or applause. People might not know or appreciate you, but remember that God sees it and your reward is greater than the recognition or applause you will get from man.
Let’s do our best to be tools that the Lord will find fit, ready, available, and dependable to be used for His will.
How can we follow through and see God do a great work in and through our lives?
As it made sense for the One who was the Word of God to follow the Word of God, so too does it make sense for His followers to do the same.