My friend, may I ask you a question? Are your prepared to work for God? His work requires requires you’re fit to take the work on, possessing the right spiritual tools needed to do it effectively.
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I have a workshop in the garage. There are two workbenches with several toolboxes and a large, rolling tool caddy. If you look around you’ll also see a table saw as well as a radial arm saw. In addition there are bins containing parts and accessories marked electrical and plumbing. On shelves above are drills, sanders and other power tools. Upon further inspection, however, you will not find a planer, drill press, joiner, jigsaw, belt sander or lathe. I’ve never owned any of these. My tools are adequate for most rough carpentry work, basic car repairs as well as minor electrical and plumbing jobs. A handyman, looking around at my array of tools and parts, would know instantly that I’m not setup to do woodworking tasks like cabinetry or furniture repair. You need additional tools for these, like the aforementioned tools I lack.
If I were committed to becoming a woodworker I would have had to buy additional tools first. Even though I could get by with some tools, unless I purchased all “the” tools, I would not be deemed fit to do the work. Owing and understanding the tools would be the proper prep for doing woodworking.
Here’s a story: Nat Wyeth, engineer and inventor, on his brother, artist Andrew Wyeth: “Andy did a picture of Lafayette's quarters near Chadd’s Ford, Pa., with a sycamore tree behind the building. When I first saw the painting, he wasn't finished with it. He showed me a lot of drawings of the trunk and the sycamore's gnarled roots, and I said, ‘Where’s all that in the picture?’ ‘It’s not in the picture, Nat,’ he said. ‘For me to get what I want in the part of the tree that’s showing, I’ve got to know thoroughly how it is anchored in back of the house.’ I find that remarkable. He could draw the tree above the house with such authenticity because he knew exactly how the thing was in the ground. (Kenneth A. Brown, Inventors at Work.)
Are your prepared to work for God? His work requires more than just willingness; it also requires you’re fit to take the work on, possessing the right spiritual tools needed to do it effectively. This is Christian character, and God expects each of us to aspire to it in order to do the work he’s planned for us. Waiting for God to call without giving consideration to what might be needed when he does, would be like me waiting to build a piece of furniture but never having owned the tools to do the work. Even if I had the will to do it, I wouldn’t possess the woodworking character to accomplish it. Like Andrew Wyeth, detailed work requires detailed prep, whether it’s owning the right tools or attending to the details no one else can see. Christian service begins with Christian preparation, often unseen but a necessary preparation based on a private worship relationship with God, as he prepares you through prayer, study and deeds of service for the important work he is prepping you to do.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for using us to do the important work of telling others about our Savior, Jesus Christ. May we always be ready to answer your call to work by staying steadfast in prayer, worship and Bible study. Forgive us Lord when we disregard the preparation because we think that good enough is better than none at all. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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