Thursday, April 24, 2014

Weapon of Choice

“True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.”  -John W. Gardner

Shagmar once defeated 600 Philistines by himself.  If that wasn’t impressive enough, he didn’t fight with a machine gun; his weapon of choice was an ordinary farming tool that he worked with on a daily basis, an ax goad (Judges 3:31).  This implies that Shagmar wasn’t your typical soldier, but rather he was probably a farmer.  Even so, when it came time to fight, he fought heroically with his God-given weapon and won.  Shagmar saved Israel and glorified God.  What if Shagmar had said, "I'm no fighter, I'm a farmer.  And I especially can't use my farmer's tool to fight." Shagmar would have disqualified himself when God had already qualified him.  Likewise, we may often see ourselves as ordinary, but God wants to use us to accomplish the extraordinary.  Here's a question we ought to think critically about.  What tools has God entrusted me with?  You may see your skill set as basic, but God can do infinitely more with it.  Whether be teaching, writing, singing, dancing, or leading: we must see our tools as weapons to bring God glory.  

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2, NIV).

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