[CF Devotionals] 2010-04-29 - I am a Drill

2 Tim 2:21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. (NASB)

More correctly I am a drill in God's tool box. There are hammers, chisels, screw drivers, tape, clamps and many other tools in the box too. There are tools that dig and break up stone. The types of tools differ from those that are meant for heavy work and others that are finer tools for closer more delicate work. With the right tools wonderful things can be created or fixed. Tools used by master craftsman make wonderful furnishings, repair damaged machines or make more complex tools for other tasks.

The target of God's work is the salvation of humanity. This involves work around the human heart and mind. Often these can be locked inside stone so hard or damaged with the false values of this world system. That system runs counter to God's plan at so many points in such ways to assign value to things that at best waste time and at worst destroy lives.

The good news is that as long as we are breathing God can fix any broken thing that will come to Him and willingly submit to Him. In the hymn "He Giveth More Grace" there is a line - "When we've reached the end of our hoarded resources, our Father's good giving has only begun." He owns the cattle on a thousand hillsides. He knows when a sparrow falls to the ground. And in all of this and more He sent His Son, Jesus, to open the doorway again to Heaven that had been closed for so terribly long. Why? Because we are His creation and He loves us - even after we had time and time again turned our backs on Him.

When many have finally run out of our own resources - money, ideas, strength ... He is faithful.

In all of this the Holy Spirit calls to the hearts and minds of people. He often uses tools to chip away at the stone around a heart or mind where love has grown cold or thought of a loving God has been blocked out. If the stone is heavy big chunks can be pounded lose exposing the stone closer to the heart. Then different tools are employed to remove the closer layers stone until brushes gently stroke away the crumbs and chips leaving the heart exposed once again to the love of God.

Do you feel like a broken tool hidden in the bottom of God's tool box? Don't be so sure. The God I know is greater than my sin. If you have stumbled and fallen you are now able to identify with someone else who has fallen in that same trap of sin. Let God heal you and use you with that specific purpose - a very specific tool. If you will humbly submit yourself to the Master, there is a heart or mind that needs your abilities in the hands of the master craftsman of the human soul.

What tool are you in God's tool box? Selah.

Grace & Peace,

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