Lesson 3- the Conclusion of the TOOL BOX SERIES
The first lesson- we opened the toolbox and learned to identify the tools. The second lesson, we learned how to use the tools.
My proposed definition of the toolbox: – is our God given natural unique gifts and talents within us waiting to be used or sharpened. I am not speaking of the spiritual or practical serving gifts here although the stirring up and exercising of those gifts enhance your natural gifts.
God assigns gifts and talents to us. We should use these tools to build the kingdom.
The acronym from the two previous lessons is “KISS THE SUN”-that is SUN
As this Series Concludes-we must remain stedfast on being good stewards of our tools and we need to keep them sharp.
To complete our phrase, I am going to add the word today-
THUS OUR PHRASE IS COMPLETE– KISS THE SUN TODAY
The learning outcome: Learn to keep your tools sharp by constant use and staying ready .
LETS GO THROUGH THIS ADDITIONAL WORD- Today
T= teach future generations-Scripture reference- Genesis 47:3
3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
From this scripture, we observe that Joseph has explained to Pharoah that their family skill/tool was handling cattle. They were shepherds, Notice that they said we and our fathers. Indeed Jacob handled cattle-Genesis 30:29-31, demonstrates this points. Lets read this story of the conversation between Jacob and Laban
Genesis 30: 29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock. We see from the story that Jacob handled cattle as did his future sons.
One of the ways in which our tools remain sharp and relevant is that we teach the next generation. By teaching we are practicing,.. staying ready and using our tools and the next generation is being educated.
Let me use my family as a current example. My maternal grandmother and her sisters were cooks and bakers and organizers of social events. They hosted and entertained saints from many reformations. My mother and her sisters likewise. My mother taught her children, so the unique tool of the love of cooking/ entertaining, organizing social events and hosting God’s people is alive and well in my generation. Myself, my brothers and sisters all exhibit some degree of this family talent, and yes the next generation is being trained.
T- Teach future generations
O= Offer yourself for service whenever possible- Psalms 116:12-12 What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? BE AVAILABLE TO GOD
D=DO NO HARM- don’t use your expertise to harm, or disrespect others, don’t misappropriate your gift or tool/Remember the story of Balaam in Numbers 22, he was willing to misappropriate his gift to harm others and Gods anger was kindled against him
Proverbs 18:16-16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
A=accept continuous instruction-we are students, the Lord himself is the master teacher, thus allow space for the logos and the rhema word to instruct you
Read and study your bible-2 Timothy 2:15-15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Be sensitive to the many diffent ways in which Gods speaks to us.
Y=YES LORD I WILL OBEY. This is what God wants- servants who will say completely Yes
Lets Review- WHAT IS IN YOUR TOOLBOX? – THE ANSWER- KISS THE SUN TODAY
We have spent these past few weeks discussing how we can use our unique tools, skills AND talents for the building of Gods Kingdom. I proposed a definition for THE Toolbox, we discussed ways to identify our tools, use our tools and to keep our tools sharp. The PHRASE TO REMEMBER,
KISS THE SUN TODAY
K-KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY in terms of unique skills, tools and talents
I-IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
S-SEE YOURSELF USING THE TOOLS
S- SANCTIFY YOURSELF
T-TOTALLY COMMIT YOUR TOOLS TO GOD
H- HEAR GOD’S WISDOM AND SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS
E-EARN GOD’S APPROVAL
S-SPEND TIME USING YOUR TOOLS AND LEARNING YOUR CRAFT
U-USE YOUR OWN TOOL NOT SOMEONE ELSES’ IF YOU WANT TO BE EFFECTIVE
N-NEVER LEAVE YOUR TOOLS UNATTENDED
T-TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION
O-Offer yourself for service
D- Do not harm
A-Accept continuous instruction
Y- Yes Lord
© DR. Fay Maureen Butler, 2014, Huldahs House Ministries Inc, Word Press