Tools In The Hand Of God

I admire great men and women of the faith. I want to be like them!I think of Martin Luther, the great catalyst of the Protestant Reformation. He pounded his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. The church is still feeling the shock waves of his hammer.

I think of Brother Lawrence, the seventeenth century cook and table waiter. He made the “practice of the presence of God” such an integral part of his life that letters he wrote hundreds of years ago are still impacting people.

I think of Susanna Wesley, a mother of nineteen! She must have been incredibly busy, but she still took time to nurture her children in Christ. Two of them, John and Charles, have remarkably shaped the face of Christianity. John was the founder of the Methodist movement, and Charles gave us some of our greatest hymns.

I think of Billy Graham. From humble North Carolina roots, God has used him to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people all over the world.

I admire great men and women of the faith. I want to be like them! Besides, who wants to end his life just average for God? So how do I rise above the level of mediocrity? The answer is found in God's workshop:

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s grace. (Romans 6:12-14 NLT)

Your body is a tool. Tools rightly used magnify their master's greatness. Have you surrendered yourself completely to God today to be used as his tool--wherever you are—for his glory?

STAY FOCUSED TODAY: Find a tool. Put it where you can see it. Let it remind you to surrender yourself as God’s tool to do what is right for his glory.