The tools of a poet are varied. They can consist of : a couple of good pens, paper, many volumes of poems, a properly functioning computer, a quiet or chaotic setting to compose, a rhyming dictionary, a thesaurus, God’s inspiration and the ability to share your life with others. I am in the process of writing a book(I just started) and in doing so, you have to start with some organization. Beginning with my origins as a writer, it seemed to me, like a logical place to start. So, as I was going over my notes for the book, it dawned on me: the most valuable tool in my toolbox was: the power of description. Now, after God’s inspiration, I have deduced, that ability is invaluable and and might be the most effective tool in my collection as a writer/poet. Description, instantly transports the reader to the exact place where you are ( if you’re doing it correctly that is). It gives the reader an opportunity to commiserate, to share with the writer the feel of the locale, the sense of what is going on in the setting; and a good writer can intertwine facts and fancy at will to bring the reader, front and center, into their world. Another sharp tool in the poet’s arsenal is the willingness to share of themselves. That sharing gives the poet/writer a genuineness that any other person can immediately sense and then relate to.
The Tools of the Christian are very similar as well. They are the arrows in a person’s quiver that get you through the assault, that is the Christian life. The bible says that we are “hard pressed on all sides” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV). That crazy world out there, filled to the brim with sin, false teaching, idolatry and pain, can put a Godly man through the ringer sometimes. So, we need to keep our “Christian Tools” sharp and ready to wield at a moments notice.
There are too many to list all of the tools today’s christian should have in their possession and I will not attempt such a monumental task. I will just venture to collect for us the most useful ones here (or else this post would turn into a novel, yikes!)
Here are the Tools that you should have in your “Christian Toolbox”:
God’s Word– You know, the sword of the Spirit. God’s Holy word is alive. He exists in it (John 1:1). He is the Word of God and we can’t know what His will is for our lives if we don’t study the bible. A very important tool; studying the word of God (Colossians 3:16). We are absolutely lost without it.
Prayer and Supplication– You must spend time with your Lord daily. My day is absolutely chaos if I don’t and I regret it every time I skip it. Supplication: one of the Greek words for supplication is Deesis; which means a seeking, an asking or to entreat God. There is great power in our prayers, not only for others, but we benefit from it as well (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV). It keeps us connected to our Lord, and it’s in that connection with God where we draw our power from (James 5:16 ESV).
Truth– This tool’s benefit is freedom. Jesus said: “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”(John 8:32 ESV) When you hunger and search after God’s truth, it is liberating. God’s truth can guide, keep you from a fall, encourage you and give you the freedom to live your life worthy of His call. Keep this tool sharp, handy and ready to use when it seems you are stuck in your life.
Righteousness– Collins English Dictionary says: “someone who is righteous is characterized by standards of morality, justice, uprightness and someone who is virtuous”. Matthew 5:6 says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”(ESV) That is exactly what we need daily; to be filled. It is quite draining living in this unholy world and we need to be filled by the Lord daily; and filled to the brim with His righteousness. A tool that becomes active with a hunger and thirst for Him.
Faith-This implement activates power and action. Jesus healed many people because they had the faith to come to Him and believe that Jesus had the power to heal them and His desire to see them whole as well. In the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 21, Jesus gives His disciples a demonstration of faith through the withering of a fig tree right in front of their eyes. The Lord even goes on to tell them that if their faith was even as small as a mustard seed, which is quite tiny, they could say to that mountain remove yourself and be thrown into the sea; and it would do just that. Also, Hebrews 11:6 says ” And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”(ESV) We Christians want to please God. We all should seek to hear Him say “Good and faithful servant” to us at some point. Therefore, Faith, truly is a most powerful tool that is to be wielded at all times.
Salvation-After the Christian is saved himself, when he realizes that salvation fully and all that Christ has done for him and saved him from, he has a deep need to share that redemption with others. If the Christian community, as a whole, began to share daily the beauty of their salvation to others, the world would change right before our eyes. Telling others about the treasure that you have found, is the an outward sign of an inward fruit, and the evidence that this tool is quickly in action. Mark 16:15(The Great Commission) tell us to get out there and share the Gospel to all the nations. If this utensil is used, taken out of the “Christian Toolbox” and employed with love, that would be an impetus for changing the world while loving the Lord through “feeding his sheep”.
Readiness– which is given by the Gospel of Peace. This tool seems to collect the most dust in our “Christian Toolbox”. We seem(I am guilty of this as well) to work on ourselves, get right with God, pray fervently for deliverance, but when pressed, we won’t be ready to share the gospel of peace with others. Why? Because our hearts are inherently selfish. That’s one of the reasons Jesus had to die for our sins. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to be ready to explain our hope in Christ. It reads:“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an
answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect,(NIV)”. The time is short folks. Jesus is coming back soon and being ready to share in Christ, will make you His servant who’s ready and capable to give an account of all the mercy, joy, peace, strength, hope and love that your Risen Savior has imparted to you all these years. No one knows the day or hour when Christ will return, but, I know in my heart it will be soon. So, let us polish up this tool of readiness and get out there in the world. Live a life worthy of the calling that God has placed on you; others will notice, and ask what is different about you.
As I mentioned earlier, this is, by far, not an exhaustive list of tools in the christian’s arsenal. They are some very effective ones that will: Give you knowledge and wisdom, connect with your All Powerful God, bring tremendous freedom, your cup will be filled to flowing over, activate power, impart the peace of your redemption through Christ and make you empowered to be ready to share God’s love.
What an impressive set of shiny, well sharpened tools we posses in our “Christian Toobox“. It is my sincere hope that you all take out each one, dust them off and wield them all like you know who you are in Christ. God bless you all and never, ever forget, Christ has equipped us to walk through this life as a victor, not a victim of circumstances. Here is a last verse to give you hope and strength: 1 John 5:4 “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”(ESV)
The Great Plains Poet, sharpening my God-given tools, ready to share to anyone the hope of my life.
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The Tools Of My Trade
by Chris T.
The creak of this rusty old toolbox tells a tale,
Of life not quite lived, still darkened by the veil.
For I once knew with precision each implement, each tool.
But now they are dusty, and I’m so far out of school.
I see them in the corner of the garage of my soul,
And someday I wish that I would reach my goal,
To be an instrument of God’s holy grace.
But that old toolbox just sits there staring me in the face.
Sometime next week I plan to achieve,
To break out each instrument that I did receive.
Making them all sharp as a knife,
Will make a man steady in the rough course of life
Oh, I am so busy and lacking in time,
And this may well be my most dangerous crime,
That I have allowed to be covered in rust,
The tools of my trade which now turn to dust.