Tools In The Hand Of God

We are, in a certain sense, our own tools and therefore must keep ourselves in order.
— Charles Spurgeon, Lectures To My Students

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 fixed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. The church today is still feeling the shock waves of his hammer.

Castle Church in Wittenberg, Saxony Germany

Castle Church in Wittenberg, Saxony Germany

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 his letters (from hundreds of years ago) are still impacting people.

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

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

Certainly we want to be great men and women of the faith, faithful over time. But how? 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, a tool in the Master's hand.

Why not surrender yourself afresh to God today? Tell him, "Lord, I am your tool to do whatever, whenever, and wherever you want me to serve you today?"

And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God
— Romans 6