“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” (Psalm 86:11)
Always remember, you are no more than an instrument in the hands of the Almighty.
Always remember, you are no less than an instrument in the hands of the Almighty.
We serve in humility, we serve to the glory of God, we serve by the strength and power of the Holy Spirit, to lift up the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The instrument is fine-tuned, it is sharpened to cut quick, it is softened to accept the blows, it is sent to where it will do the best that it has been prepared for, and it is never less than what is needed to accomplish the task set before it.
In this age of the apostacy, as hearts are growing colder, as the form of godliness within some denies the power thereof, the instruments have grown dull and rusty from lack of humility towards the Sovereign Lord of all creation, they have attempted to do that which they have not been prepared or called to do.
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” (1st Cor. 9:27)
Not a loss of salvation, but a loss of usefulness, an instrument no longer beneficial to the Kingdom of the Most High. Some towards vainglory instead of His glory, some taking for granted the grace into which they have been called, leaving the work to those who are never satisfied but always content, always impatient to serve at an ever-growing way for His glory, while in their patience possessing their souls. Instruments in the hand of the Living God always studying to show themselves approved, always ready and willing at every opportunity to give an account of their faith. Prepared to rebuke, reprove and correct, prepared to edify those who are down hearted, to love by actions and words.
Vessels of earth chosen by the Lord God to hold His treasures and offering to all the words of truth. Never thinking ourselves to be more than what we are, dust, never sent out with less than what we need to accomplish what has been set before us to do. And always with His glory at the forefront of our minds.
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)
The Word of God sharpens us and dulls us to the callings of the world; we are fine tuned for His glory and can find no satisfaction outside of Him. His fire burns within us and quenches the desires of the world.
It is with great sadness and sometimes much anger I must admit that it is beyond rare to meet these men anymore today, a form of religious self-service has taken over the minds and hearts of many, seeking that emotionally uplifting moment, going through the motions of Christianity while allowing themselves to become dull and rusty. Fear has found a place in the hearts of many who claim to serve the Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of God, fear of personal retributions, of persecutions for His name’s sake, fear of death.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
It does not grow dull, we do, its light is never diminished, but far too many have begun to hide that candle. The salt in many has lost its savor.
Men of God called by God for the glory of God stand for God, no matter the possible consequences to themselves. The instrument may be chipped and damaged, but it does not lose its edge.