Sunday, September 1, 2019
Life is What You Make it
2 Peter 1:2-4
Many jobs require a person to have a toolbox supplied with tools of their trade.
An auto mechanic has wrenches, ratchets, sockets, torques, circuit testers, plug pliers, grease gun to name a few.
A carpenter has hammers, saws, drills, squares, tape measures, rip bars, nails screws. Etc.
A welders tool box would hold things such as wire brushes, grinders, chipping hammers, soapstone, pliers, clamps, safety glasses, ear plugs, and such.
A machinist would have micrometers, calipers, center punches, edge finder dial indicators etc.
An electrician will have voltage testers, tape measurers wire strippers, wire nuts, pliers, screwdrivers, drills and levels.
A plumbers tool box holds tools such as a tape measure, hose pipes, basin spammers, hacksaw, hammer, hanging lights, torches pipe slicers along with many more items.
Each of these professions requires the worker to have tool boxes with the tools of their trade.
The person who owns the toolbox has to know what each tool is, what it’s used for and how to use it.
It wouldn’t make much sense for an auto mechanic to have a plumbers tool or a welder to have a carpenters wares or a machinist to believe that an electrician’s tools would benefit.
Each profession has to have the correct tools in order for them to be successful and for their task to be completed.
The employee knows this, the employer know this too.
A Christian has a job to do, assignments and tasks to be completed for the Lord and his kingdom.
God knows that for us to be able to be successful at what we are asked to do that the necessary tools of the trade must be given and supplied to us.
We each have our own personal toolbox.
The Holy Spirit supplies the tools for us. 1st Corinthians 12:11 “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
He knows and chooses which tools we receive.
Those tools are what we know to be as talents and gifts.
Just like the professionals mentioned earlier who excel with the told of their particular trade, but would be hopeless with the tools from another trades toolbox, the Holy Spirit will only give us the tools that he knows we can use, we can handle we can excel with to do our job, and to complete our appointed tasks he’s given us.
He will not put tools in our Spiritual toolbox that are useless to our particular call.
That would not make sense.
So, what are some of the tools that the Holy Spirit may place in our toolbox?
From 1 Corinthians 12:4-10
First, we see that there is diversity in the gifts.
These Tools are:
Administration Knowledge Miracles
Operations Faith Prophecy
Wisdom Healing Discerning of the spirits tongues – interpretations of tongues
So what tools have you been given?
First? Let’s examine what they are, this may help you to know.
This is the ability to keep God’s principles organized, to help others do so, to excel in these things.
This tool is not necessarily about a leadership role, but it can.
This is the ability to make sure a job and task for God gets done. The ability to discern the strengths and talents of others and get the most out of themselves and others.
This is having the ability to share godly, perspective to a specific situation that another Christian or church community desires to know.
This is the understanding of the things in this world and in our lives that is founded in the Gospel and rooted in the Scriptures.
The tool of faith:
Those given this tool trust that God is sovereign and good. They take God at his word and put their lives in his hands. They expect God to move and are not surprised when he does.
This is having compassion toward the sick and stricken. It is the tool of the laying on of hands and the Holy Spirit’s power to be shown if it is his will.
The tool of Miracles:
Is having the Holy Spirit work through you to be involved in supernatural events outside the bounds of all natural.
This is using the influence of the Spirit to edify the church for comfort, inspiration, and revelation. This tool when and if exercised should expect for others to way what is said against the Scriptures.
Discerning of Spirits:
This is the tool for determining between genuine revelation and false. It is in direct response to the words of the prophecy pro or con.
Tongues: This is a gift. It is not a requirement or sign of salvation. This is uttering of power or a message from God, which is unknown to the speaker. The tool of interpretation of tongues is the supernatural to understand and explain messages or prayers of others in the unknown tongue. Ephesians 4: Expands beyond these tools of manifestation by naming specific roles.
So, what tools have the Holy Spirit placed in your spiritual toolbox?
You may know, if you do then it’s your choice to use them, neglect them or refuse to use them.
Your Christian life is what you make it. Discover and use the tools in your toolbox and you can make a great Christian life from out of them. Don’t then you will never reach your full potential as a believer.
What if you don’t know what they are?
Pray for God to show you. If there is something in life that you do well, maybe it’s a tool. Maybe you have a yearning in your heart to do something that could be the Holy Spirit nudging you.
If you have the desire to do something come and tell me and maybe. I can help you figure out what tools God has placed in your toolbox.
Life is what you make it. God has given you the tools to excel, it’s your choice to use them or not.