August 2021 – A Letter from Pastor Lori

Ecclesiastes 10:10 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17 “This man (Saul) is my chosen instrument to carry My Name before
the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.”

Acts 9:15b “You are a chosen instrument in the hands of Almighty God.”

We are created in God’s image, deeply loved, persistently sought after, and sacrificially and highly paid for, not to mention greatly valued. No matter who might ever read those sentences; whether rich, poor, young, old, successful, down and out, highly educated, mentally disabled, repentant sinner, or rebellious sinner, or any other possible human identity that exists, those statements are true and applicable to us. It’s God’s definition of who we are as human beings, not what we’ve done or how we feel about ourselves that matters. The only thing that makes the difference in any of our lives is very simply whether or not we will agree with God, or go to our grave rejecting Him.

 Once we’ve heard the good news (Christ died for us and faith in Him is the source of all healing and forgiveness), trusted Him for salvation, then the next step is to make ourselves available for God’s good and wonderful purpose in our lives. Our lives automatically are infused with eternal purpose and meaning. The question will come; what is God’s will for my life…? At this point I would refer you back to the Scriptures I referenced above.

Three things are important to take notice of:

1) You are a chosen instrument. The instrument is most useful in the hands of a skillful worker, namely Christ.

2) Christ is wise, and prefers to work with sharp instruments. If the instrument is dull, the work is much harder (and harder on the instrument!).

3) Christ sharpens His instruments using other instruments.

My dad has his wood working shop set up in the garage at the parsonage in Ansley.  I have been helping a little bit.  I have come to the realization that it takes all of these tools to complete the projects that he is building.  How sharp of an instrument are you in the Master’s hand? Are you allowing yourself to be sharpened by those around you? When I’m sharp, Christ can use me, but when I’m dull more strength is needed. What about you? How is God sharpening you? Will you let God? Will you let the Word of God transform your mind? Will you let godly council inform your decisions? Will you let difficult relationships teach you about perseverance and forgiveness? Will you let tough situations strengthen your faith? If you’ll do these things, you’ll see what wonderful things God can create, shape, remodel and produce with your life in God’s hands.