My husband is a builder and if there is one thing I now about builders it's that they love their tools! They dream about their tools. What tools do they have available for the job? What tools do they need to buy to make a job possible? They organize their tools, clean their tools, sharpen and maintain their tools. It's all about the tools. They will make great sacrifices to purchase the tools they need. They even may fashion a new tool for a specific purpose.
The builder knows how much he needs each tool.
Every tool he owns is important no matter how small because he acquired it for a reason and knows how much he needs it. Some jobs just can't get done without the right tools.
So a builder creates a masterpiece, using all these special tools. Do the tools get any credit? No! Never. Maybe sometimes another builder will come along that also appreciates tools and say "Hey nice hammer ya got there!" But for the most part the builder will get all the glory, all the praise, all the compliments for building such a masterpiece. No one thinks much about the tools he used to build it. No one, that is, except the builder himself. He knows how valuable each tool is, what each little tool is used for. He knows because he is the one who uses them. He will keep taking care of them, keep tucking them away in a safe place, keep cleaning them, organizing them, sharpening them and yes he will keep using them in the building of His next masterpiece. His love for his tools will never fade because he will keep building.
God is the master builder!
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. Do you ever find yourself loving the praise of men more than the praise of God the master builder? Hebrews 3:4
In John 12, we read that many of the rulers in Jesus day actually did believe in Him but they would not confess Him because they were afraid of losing their place in the synagogue. Verse 43 says “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”
Matt 6:4 reminds us that the charitable deeds we do in secret that no one else ever see’s will be rewarded openly by God himself.
Are we accepting our position as a tool in Gods hands to be used us as He wills for His glory? Or do we insist on being the builder ourselves? Do we have a deep carnal need for the recognition, affirmation and praise from men? Are even our good deeds, deeds done with self in mind?
Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”
We may build and accomplish wonderful goals with hidden motive of self glory. But let us be careful that we are being used to build according to God’s blueprint and for his glory.
My husband loves the analogy of being a golden tool for God. Being a builder himself, he intimately understands how important tools are, and in the hands of the right builder what they can craft.
God wants to make us into His Golden tools! Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver.
Malachi 3:3 He will purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.
If our greatest desire is to just be a golden tool in the mighty hand of our God to be used by him to bring glory to His name, we will be continuously amazed by what God chooses to do through us! Knowing that the Creator of the universe is using us to accomplish His purposes will be all the affirmation we need.
1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
Author: Kathryn Styer