As we were eating breakfast this morning, my husband told our oldest son—who may have been talking more than he was eating—to put his fork to work. My son instantly smiled and started to pretend that the fork was a hammer—hammering his eggs and bacon like they were nails on a wall.
My husband then said, “That’s not how a fork works.”
And my son quickly replied, “Well, you told me to put it to work.”
I watched the scene unfold and laughed under my breath. Seeing the fork being used as a hammer was hilarious. Forks were used to eat food, not hit things.
Then I had a sudden thought: How many of God’s children were created to be forks, but were working as hammers?
We are each designed differently, and God has a special calling for our individual lives. If we go around doing work to which we have not been called, we will wear ourselves out just like the fork will eventually wear out if used as a hammer.
God is very interested in the large and small aspects of our lives, and He has a purpose for each of us—a purpose that furthers His plan on earth. We can’t go around just acting like hammers just because it feels like we are “working” or doing “ministry.” We must seek God and hear what He has to say first. Then, if He calls us to the work, He will also prepare us and provide grace, so we can accomplish the task.
God created us. He knows how we can best serve His kingdom. Once we discover who we are in Christ, we can finally find our niche in life and work in a way that best suits us.
But we can never get too comfortable. With every chapter in life, God may change things around a bit. He can transform us into a multi-tool that can be used for different reasons in different seasons—and all for His glory!
Questions: Are you a fork that is doing the work of a hammer? How can you make some changes in your life today that correspond with what God is calling you to? Do you think these changes will help you achieve your work more effectively?
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” – 2 Timothy 1:9 NIV).
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