“The Most Important Tool”
2 Timothy 2:15 NIV
Every worker depends upon the "tools of the trade", and every trade has a different set of tools.
The worker’s ability or you might say the worker’s craftsmanship and his speed depended on how skillfully
he used his tools.
I can remember the days when I worked as a millwright in the refineries.
We had a huge box of tools on our electric golf cart that we took to the big jobs, but we also had a five-gallon
bucket filled with the specialty tools (Pliers—commonly known as channel locks),
Crescent wrench, (2) screw drivers—a Phillips and a flat blade and always a pocket knife. These were most
commonly used for minor repairs. But that five-gallon bucket was most often used as a place to sit. The old
saying was that a millwright could not do anything unless he was sitting down on the five-gallon bucket.
Tools of the trade!
As the repairs continue to be made in the fellowship hall, the Chapel received a new paint job.
I checked on it to see the progress and discovered that Craig is a master painter and knew just how much
paint to put on his roller, exactly how to hold a brush, the best way to sand and to scrape and prepare the
surface for the job.
I realized it took hours to prep the chapel. Great job to all who had a part in that process!
The professional office manager knows about different kinds of files and how to use a wide variety of
machines in the office. (OK--computer and programs). And when there's a question about the spelling of a
word or the correctness of an address, desktop reference "tools" assure accuracy.
Watch a novice painter and you'll see messy globs of dripped paint and telltale wall marks showing the
tracks of the roller.
Hire an untrained office manager and your misfiled correspondence will be a horror of wrong spellings and
Correct use of the right tool makes the difference between success and failure in the work place.
Understanding this helps us Christians grasp the importance of Paul's command to Timothy,
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed
and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)."
How well do we use this tool?
Our skill at handling God's Word determines the competence of our Christian walk and work.
No tool can be more important for us to master---"The Bible"-- Read and use it often, so that you may show
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