Imagine the Master Carpenter’s tools holding a conference. He has the hammer, the screw, the plane, the ruler, and sandpaper. Brother Hammer has presided, but several suggest that he leave the meeting because he’s too noisy.
Brother Hammer replies, “If I have to leave this shop, Brother Screw must also leave. You have to turn him around and around to get anything accomplished.”
Brother Screw speaks up, “If you wish, I’ll leave, but Brother Plane must leave. All his work is on the surface. His efforts have no depth.”
To this, Brother Plane responds, “Brother Rule will also have to withdraw, for he is always measuring folks as though he is the only one who is right.”
Brother Rule then complains about Brother Sandpaper. “He ought to leave too, because he’s so rough and always rubbing people the wrong way.” And so goes the discord.
In the midst of all this discussion, in walks the Carpenter of Nazareth. He has arrived to start His day’s work. Putting on His apron, He goes to the bench to make a pulpit from which to proclaim the gospel. He uses Brothers Hammer, Screw, Plane, Rule, Sandpaper, and all the other tools.
After the day’s work is done, when the pulpit is finished, Brother Saw arises and remarks, “Brethren, I observe that all of us are workers together.”
I believe this is a good description of spiritual gifts in the body of Christ. Christ has followers from every corner of the globe, each with God-given spiritual abilities to accomplish His work. Only as each member yields to the Holy Spirit can God use our diverse gifts to accomplish His work in the world. I hope and pray you’re ready to work today.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.