In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood
and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from
the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master
and prepared to do any good work (2 Tim.2:20-21).
A young boy observes his dad fixing the car. The father
asks the boy to hand him certain tools, and explains to the boy which tool is which and
patiently waits while the boy finds the tool. Once the boy gives his father the tool, the
father then begins to explain the tool's purpose, and how each tool is shaped for a
specific function. The boy watches intently while the father uses the tool, and by
watching his father he learns something that will one day help him to work even as his
As God's children, we are both the tool and the child looking on. As a tool, we are shaped
for a specific function. We are designed with a purpose in mind--for a specific function
in life and in the body of Christ. By watching our Heavenly Father, we will learn how we
as His instrument will be used to perform our function effectively. And we will see how we
are being shaped to fit the work God has given us, and to snugly fit into His hand as He
works through us.
As God's child, we should find ourselves in a position that we are following our Lord and
observing what He does. We do not take the role of one who knows, but of one who is
learning. For no matter how much we think we know, we must realize that we do not see the
whole of God's intended purpose for us. He is shaping us daily, and we become presumptuous
in thinking that we have figured out all that's involved in who we are and how we are to
complete a task. We are to do a job, and we are to become an instrument, yet we are also
to follow the Teacher. And as we keep our place as the child student, then we will
discover far more than we could have ever presumed on our own.
In discovering God's will for our use and purpose within the body of Christ, we will find
it helpful to keep a couple of things in mind. First, we need to be near to God--watching
Him intently to learn from Him what we will need for every single day. And with that, we
must not forget who the Teacher is and who the child student is. Secondly, we need to
consider how God has shaped us. As we examine the different ways He might use us, we must
realize what kind of tool we are. And just as we would not use a hammer to turn a bolt, we
are seldom going to be called to do a job that we were not fashioned for. When weighing
the possibilities, if there are three types of jobs to be done and only one of those jobs
fits who God has made us to be, then that is probably where God wants us.
Draw near to God as His child, and you will discover your
place and purpose in the body of believers in Christ.