Are You A Swiss Army Knife For The Lord?
Praise the Lord everybody! Most of us know that an instrument is a: tool or implement, especially one for delicate or scientific work. In the body of Christ, we are more than just a tool for Gods use, only good for one thing. God needs us to be the spiritual equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife. In case you are too young to remember, a Swiss Army Knife was a special “knife/tool” carried originally by the Swiss Army that did not only have a knife on it but also a spoon, fork, scissors, screw driver, and cork screw among other things, all built into one knife apparatus, a must have for every soldier in the field.
The Bible is our Swiss Army knife or multi-tool, and we are supposed to be His. Jesus spoke a parable in Matthew 25: 14-21 stating:
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several abilities; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same and made them other five talents.
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
But he that had received one went and digged in the earth and hid his lord's money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
God has endowed each believer with several talents or gifts. We are not a “one trick pony”, called to only be one thing in Christ. In the parable those servants that took what they were given and put them to use and developed those talents using them as a foundation gave birth to even more talents and their work was recognized, and they received the approval of their master.
If you continue to read the rest of the above mentioned parable you will see that the servant who was only given the one talent decided to bury that talent and not put it to good use and he was condemned by the master. Every Christian is given at least one “talent”, the ability to share the love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That seems simple enough, but many use the excuse, “I’m waiting for the spirit to lead me” and allow opportunity after opportunity to pass them by. We are not all called to preach, but we are all called to be a witness. “What’s the difference?”, you might ask. As nouns the difference between preach and witness, is that preaching is a religious discourse while witnessing is an attestation of a fact or event; testimony. You don’t have to have the gift of gab or the ability to turn a phrase to capture an audience to be a witness. The power of the witness is in the truth of the words you are speaking. Who can argue with the truths of your life?
1Peter 4:10 states “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Ephesians 2:10 further states “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We are Gods Swiss Army knife in this spiritual battle that we wrestle with every day against the powers and principalities of this dark world. God has anticipated every situation and He has equipped us in advance with the talents we will need to overcome each one of them. If you are one of those Christians who has been keeping your tools/talents locked away, the time has come to ask God to stir up your gifts; time to dig them up and put them to good use for the Kingdom of God. Yes, we are tools to be used by God for His glory! That’s important, but what is more important is what kind of tool we are. Are we a low efficiency one use tool; or are we a high-quality multi-purpose tool that God can depend on for anything and everything?
It is time to examine ourselves Church. Are each of us utilizing ALL of the gifts God has given us to our fullest capabilities and allowing Him to grow those gifts through our obedience and experience?
God bless you all and thank you Brother Darrell Darden for your obedience to the Lord and using your writing gifts to glorify the Lord.