By: Taaka Bowman
When we gave our lives to the Lord we were called to be workmen. According to 2 Timothy 2:15 we are to “study to show ourselves approved, of God, workmen who don’t need to be ashamed because we rightly divide the word of truth.” If we are workmen, then that must mean we have tools. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want some plumber coming to my home to fix a plumbing problem and he shows up without tools! Nor do I want to take my car to a dealership that doesn’t have sufficient tools! Do you?
Why is it that when Providence knocks He often finds us unprepared and without our tools. As Sons of God we ought to always have our tools and tool boxes with us. In addition, our tools should be in “serviceable” condition.
In 2 Kings 6:1-6, we read that the prophet Elisha had to assist one of the sons with locating a work tool. In this passage, the workman was in his place, doing what he was supposed to be doing and doing so at the right time. What do you do when you have done everything you have been instructed to do and you still find yourself unable to finish the job because your tools seem to no longer be of any use to you? You complete a tool check. As with anything, your tools need to be maintained. You can’t keep using them without keeping up the maintenance on them. In the same way, you wouldn’t purchase a million dollar diamond ring and not keep the ring maintained. Well, all the more, your spiritual tools should be of greater value.
In the above passage the son was able to go to the prophet and find resolution. Sometimes drastic situations call for drastic measures. There were warning signs that said, your tools are about to come “un-done.” The signs had been overlooked by the workman and the lengthy oversight is what caused the severity of the situation. I do admire that the son was concerned that the ax head didn’t actually belong to him and he seemed eager to locate and repair the tool. Although the tool belonged to someone else, the son was still accountable for the oversight because he should have checked the axe before he used it.
The prophet asks the son to retrace his steps or go back to the place where the tool was last working properly. When he leads the prophet back to the spot, the prophet throws a stick into the water which causes the axe head to float. Anytime you seek revelation, God will often use foolish things to confound the wise or whatever it takes to get His revelation to you. After all, He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
In Matthew 7:24-29 Jesus discusses wise and foolish residential contractors. Ultimately you have the same tools as everyone one else. How you use them is up to you and the quality of the product is up to you, not God. So if you build your house on sand, when the storm comes (and believe, you, me it’s coming), it will assuredly fall. If you build your life on crooked principles, it will surely crumble. We all have access to the same Holy Ghost, whether we utilize Him or not is up to the individual.
Allow me to remind you of a few of your tools: Galatians 5:22-23 lists love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance; but if your love is broken then it’s not working effectively. If your peace is broken, it’s not working effectively.
Here is how you repair your tools:
STEP 1: Go back to where you were when it last worked effectively.
STEP 2: Ask God to show you how to fix it.
STEP 3: Fix it.
STEP 4: Move forward—resume with your assignment.
Do you have all of your tools in your tool box? Is your love or joy broken? What about your peace or longsuffering? You will need to go back to the Master for instructions on how to repair them. Your tools can then continue to work as they were designed to and you too can be the workman God called you to be.
Your toolbox will then be up to God’s code and you can resume effective work on your assignment. Since your tools are in proper working condition, you can now be the workman God has called you to be!