Brethren, One of the most common things you find anywhere and everywhere is a Screwdriver. Its original purpose was to drive in and remove screws from something. But nowadays it’s one of the most misused tools on earth. Screwdrivers come in all types and sizes. The most important part of the screwdriver is the tip which is made to match a screw head.
Although most of us know the main purpose of a screwdriver we still misuse and abuse it in one way or another. The reason for this is a screwdriver is a tool that can do lots of things! When we don’t have the ideal tool we need, we often turn to the trusty screwdriver. We even use it for other works it was not designed for like for vandalism or as a weapon.
We further misuse the screwdriver when we use to scrape dried paint off of a surface, to stir paint, to help remove a pin from a door hinge, to chip away wood, to make a hole, to chop ice, to break up the soil in a flower pot, to mark a line for sawing when you lack a pencil, to make an electrical connection and many more like this.During so of this of this misuses of the screwdriver it might break or wear down especially the tip hence it will no longer drive in or remove screws. In fact, if the “misuse” was sufficiently beneficial, the owner will not mind buying another screwdriver.
What do I have to do with a screwdriver pastor? There is a lesson to be learned from the screwdriver of how we misuse our bodies. According to Ecclesiastes 7:29 “God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.”
According to Psalm 139:14 “ I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well.”God know why He created you for and for what purpose according to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “So you also know your purpose on earth just as that screwdriver knows it purpose right from the start.
Screwdriver can be used to do many things, but human beings “use” themselves for an endless variety of actions! Humans are incredibly capable, handy and useful (full of uses). It seems we can do anything and everything. And that makes it incredibly easy and tempting to do lots of things that distract us and side-track us from our fulfilling our God-given purpose as written in the Bible.
Some screwdrivers are never used for their intended purpose—to drive screws. No big deal! However, our Creator will be very disappointed and displeased if we don’t fulfill our purpose. And eventually we’ll be in big trouble if we fail to fulfill our purpose.
Jesus Christ commands His disciples to “bear good fruit” and to “bear much [spiritual] fruit” (Matthew 7:15-20; John 15:8). God expects our lives to be abundantly fruitful just a screwdriver has abundant uses.
The parable of the sower in Matthew 13:3-23 is highly instructive, particularly the example of the seed sown among thorns. Jesus explained it in verse 22: “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”compare this to your daily screwdriver.
Notice the parallel accounts in Mark 4 and Luke 8. Mark 4:19 includes “the desires for other things.” Luke 8:14 says “choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life.”Too many unnecessary uses of the screwdriver.
The “thorns” (weeds) represent both sinful and non-sinful activities. The point is that even too many of the “harmless” activities will “choke” the fruit-bearing activities. Most people are too busy. They need to simplify their lives.Just like the screwdriver should be used for intended purposes only
Countless things are interesting to me. But I’ll tell you what helps me to say “no” to the temptations to get side-tracked like a screwdriver. I say to myself: “Don, you don’t need to worry about missing out on an opportunity to do something interesting. You will have plenty of time in the next life!”
Staying focused on our God-given purpose does not require full withdrawal from life activities. God’s Word warns against such extreme self-denial and self-abuse (Colossians 2:21; 1 Timothy 4:1-5). To maintain healthy bodies and minds, God knows we need education, a livelihood, good nutrition, rest, sleep, exercise, family time, recreation, variety, etc. But all of those things should be subordinate to and supportive of our ultimate spiritual goals like the screwdriver.
Our bodies belong fully to God only we(just as the screwdriver) have a far greater variety and range of abilities than any other creature(tool). But it’s up to each of us to be good stewards to take care of what God has given us(the tip of the screwdriver). To maintain energy, strength and flexibility, we must pursue good health habits.
Our amazing minds are unbelievably superior to animal brains because God created us in His image and gave us the “spirit of man” (Genesis 1:26-27; Zechariah 12:1). Our minds and bodies belong to God, so be super careful about what you allow to enter them(just as screwdriver to be used for) (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Stay close to God so He “will guard your hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:6-7; also Proverbs 4:23). And then use your mind and heart to obey and serve God and His people.
Life is time, and time flies. Wasting time is a misuse of our short lives.(a screw can be damaged) “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16, ESV). How a person spends his time is strong evidence of his priorities. Every day we make innumerable decisions. How will I use this day? What can I accomplish that will be pleasing to God?
Is God number one in your life? Every day we are faced with a number of temptations which can let God slide to second, third or fourth place. We face countless distractions and attractions (just like a screwdriver) that tempt us to stray off the single God-given path. Flee those temptations and keep God as number one!
Remember that Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to “bear good fruit” and to “bear much fruit.” For a moment, compare your life with a screwdriver. Imagine that God made you to drive screws. He doesn’t expect you to be driving screws every minute of every day. And He doesn’t mind you using your abilities for some alternative or extracurricular uses as long as they are not sinful or harmful.But ask yourself these questions: How many screws did I drive yesterday? How many are getting driven today? How many will I drive tomorrow?