In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble. If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 RSV)
I woke up thinking about tools, and their specific use. I know…weird huh?! But the above verse came to mind. I said tools, the Bible uses the word, vessels. Either way, they are things used for specific purposes.
We always hear, and I believe the Bible teaches that we all were created for a purpose. The main purpose I believe is to glorify God, and bring others to Salvation. However, we are all endowed with different gifts to bring glory to God and show Salvation to the world. Some folks are musicians, others, teachers, preachers, evangelists, prayer warriors, counselors, etc.
The “tool” part of my thinking came about as I searched the ‘junk-drawer’ (come on! I know everyone has one of these…I’m not alone!) for a screwdriver to tighten a screw that had come loose on a cabinet door. During my search, I found a pair of pliers, a wrench, some needle-nose pliers, ….and finally, I found a screwdriver! But alas, it had the wrong tip on it! Even tools that look the same, upon closer examination are different, and are used for SPECIFIC jobs.
So, what is my point here? Well…God wants us all to know that even though we may look the same…we are all human, we eat, sleep, cry, laugh, walk, talk…pretty much the same way, but each of us is unique. God gave special gifts to us that only we can wield in His perfection to do His will!
You can’t use a Phillips screwdriver on a slotted screw! You have to use the right tool in order to get the correct result!
This is just a reminder, and an encouragement to all of us Believers, myself included, to remember what kind of tool we are; and if we don’t yet know…this is an urgent message for us to go to God and find out! God can’t use you or the gifts He placed in you until YOU KNOW what kind of tool you are!
Then, when He goes looking through the drawer for a specific tool to use…if you’re it, be sure to shout out…”Here I am Lord! Use me!”