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Do you have the right tools?

Posted: Wednesday, April 25

 Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Judges 4:1-5:31
Luke 22:35-53
Psalm 94:1-23
Proverbs 14:3-4

Verse of the day:

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. (Proverbs 14:4)


Do you have the right tools to accomplish the work God has called you to do? And are you willing to pay the price to acquire these tools?

I have snow blower sitting in my garage that I haven’t used all winter. It’s a tool that would make clearing my driveway a far easier task after each snowfall. The problem is that last spring I failed to empty the gasoline from the engine because I didn’t want to bother with the mess. Now I can’t get my snow blower to start so I have rediscovered the joy of shoveling.

There are tools that make the job far easier in the long run, yet require an investment to acquire and depend upon ongoing maintenance.

During Solomon’s day a family could choose to farm their field all by hand. The result? After lots of hard work they would have just enough food to feed themselves. Or a family could save their money until they could purchase an ox. An ox would require lots of food, care and cleaning up after, all of which would take more time and money. Yet with the power of an ox new fields of opportunity could open. All of the sudden this family can now farm far more land and sell their excess produce for income. Now the family has funds to build a new home and purchase additional land and oxen. A costly and time consuming initial investment would create large and continual returns.

Do you have the right tools to accomplish the work God has called you to do? And are you willing to pay the price to acquire these tools? Maybe a tool for you is finishing school or going back to school. A tool could be your physical health; you heed to hit the gym and get healthy because your body is limiting what you can and can’t do. Maybe a tool is training up a team of volunteers instead of doing the work yourself because ‘you’re the only one who does it right’.

The right tools don’t come without cost, but they make all the difference.