The Tool Box
When I was growing up, it was necessary to my dad for me to know how to take care of myself. He was a mechanic, and he needed to know that I knew how to take care of my car so that it would be in good condition and I would not be stranded somewhere helpless. Long before I was old enough to drive a car, my dad taught me how to check and change the oil, change spark plugs, check the coolant, change the windshield wipers, check the power steering fluid, check and change the tires, use jumper cables and so much more.
When I was old enough to drive and go with my friends, my dad gave me a toolbox. He filled the box with tools that I would need If I found myself having car trouble. He made me take it everywhere I went and made sure I had a dime to call home with ( I guess I just aged myself, it was long before the days of cell phones). My dad took the time to make sure that I understood the importance of taking care of my car so that when I was ready to go somewhere, my car would be reliable, and I would be able to depend on it.
Like my dad was preparing me to recognize the importance of taking care of my transportation, we should realize the importance of telling others about a relationship with Jesus. Long before others even realize that they need the Savior, we should be teaching them about Jesus and how to depend on Him. We can do this by living in a way that others will see Christ is alive in our lives and how we turn to Him for our every need. When we depend on Christ, we know that He will never let us down or that we will never be alone. Jesus will not leave us stranded. Just like He did not leave us with our sins to deal with on our own. When we asked, Jesus came to our rescue and took our sins on Himself, forgave us, and made a way for us to gain access to heaven.
The most important gift we can give others is to prepare them to understand the Love of Christ. To tell them how He loves them and wants a relationship with them. So, when Jesus starts working in them, they will recognize that they can depend on Him to love them and take away their sins if they will just ask.
Nothing seems better than knowing that you are obedient to God and telling others about His Son Jesus. However, getting to witness people put their trust in Christ as their Savior is also amazing!
We can rely on the Holy Spirit to direct us in the right direction while telling others about Jesus. We can depend that God's word will go out and do a mighty work. He will give us just what we need when we need it.
Isaiah 55:11 NIV
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
We never have to worry that we will not have the tools we need if we are prepared. So, how do we get prepared? To be ready to share the love of Jesus, we need to have the right toolbox and tools.
Our toolbox is our bible. The bible is full of different kinds of tools that we can use. Each one is needed, but the first tool of choice should be prayer. As a Christian, we know that prayer is an essential tool, and we can not get a task done without it. With our special toolbox and the tools inside it, we can always be prepared to handle whatever job God has for us to do.
So, let's get out our toolbox and get to work. There is a whole world that is broken down, stranded, headed in the wrong direction, and needs help getting to the right destination,