My mother has always been handy around the house. When I was growing up, she kept her small appliances running smoothly long past their life expectancy. She didn’t always have the proper tools, but she was smart, and she used what ever she had on hand to get what ever was broken fixed and working again. I will never forget the day I watched her take our toaster apart, fix what was broken inside, and put it back together again with nothing but a butter knife! It is to her credit that my mom was able to do so well with things that were obviously not made for that purpose. Imagine what she could have done with a little training and a good set of tools! It would have made her work so much easier!
The Bible speaks of us, God’s people, as tools in God’s tool box. God created each of us with a special purpose in mind. But, even the best tools aren’t of much use when they aren’t in good condition. Whether from constant use or from sitting around collecting dust, a blade loses its edge, a drill bit gets rusty and bent, batteries run down. And, while God can do wonders with what ever he has at hand, like my mother and her butter knife, it makes his work so much easier when he finds us, his proper tools, sharp, and at the ready.
So, what kind of tool are you? Have you been working so hard for the Lord that you are all worn down and bent out of shape? Have you been sitting on the shelf so long that you are rusty and covered in dust? Or, have you been able to find that healthy balance between work and rest, so that you are ready to be used when God needs you?
Take good care of yourself! You are God’s tool – invaluable to him in fixing what is wrong in the world and keeping things running smoothly. He needs to find you alert, well rested, and trained for the purpose for which you were created. If you don’t know what that is, let us help you discern your spiritual gifts. If you need some good work to do, we have many service projects that you can take part in. If you are overworked, it is ok to say “No.” when asked to serve. Then, spend time resting in God and his Word. Gather strength, until you are recharged and ready to go again. God will fit you for his use again. But, no matter where you are in your life of service, it is my prayer for you that you may find joy just in being held in God’s hands.
Blessings on your labor and rest,
Pastor Barb <><
…for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13