Sunday, February 4, 2018

What's in Your Toolbox?

By Andrea Merrell

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17 NIV

I’ve never considered myself as a handy person, but I still have a toolbox filled with a hammer, various screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, a measuring tape, and a host of other items I’m not really familiar with. All the items have purple handles, so it’s completely frou-frou. It makes using them seem so much better.

In reality, we all have a toolbox of some sort. It might contain a stethoscope, a keyboard, a microphone, a bulldozer, or an electric skillet. The key is in how we use the tools God has gifted us with. Using them as God intended is an act of obedience and honors Him.

Sometimes, we might be tempted to think we’re not important … that someone else’s gift is greater and much more needed than ours. The wonderful part about God’s plan is that when we use the tools God has given us and combine them with the tools that others are proficient with, we can accomplish greater things for the kingdom.

When constructing a new home, a contractor will hire a variety of workers to do specific tasks like plumbing, electrical, drywall, painting, roofing, and even landscaping. Each one is part of the whole, and it takes each one doing his or her part to complete the project with excellence.

Are you doing your part to advance God’s kingdom? What’s in your toolbox?

(Photo courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net and Tanya3597.) 

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