Brother Hammer served as the chairman. The other members of the tool belt informed him that he must leave, because he was too noisy. But brother Hammer said, “If I have to leave this carpenter’s shop, then brother Gimlet must go too. He’s insignificant and makes a very small impression.” (A gimlet is a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and a cross handle for boring holes).
Little brother Gimlet arose and said, “All right, but brother Screwdriver must go also. You have to turn him around and around to get anywhere with him.”
Brother Screwdriver turned to the other tools in the belt and said, “If you wish, I will go, but brother Plane must leave too. All of his work is on the surface; there’s no depth to what he does.”
To this brother Plane leveled his terse reply, “Well, then, brother Saw will have to depart too. The changes he proposes always cut too deep.”
Brother Saw complained, saying, “Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I leave, for he’s always measuring other folks as though he were the only one who is right.”
Brother Ruler then surveyed the group and said, “Brother Sandpaper doesn’t belong here either. He’s rougher than he ought to be, and is always rubbing people the wrong way.”
In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in. He had come to perform his day’s work. He put on His tool belt and went to the workbench to make a pulpit. He employed the ruler, the saw, the plane, the hammer, the gimlet, the screwdriver, the sandpaper, and all the other tools. When the day’s work was over, the pulpit was finished, and the carpenter went home. All the accusations against each of these tools were absolutely true, yet the carpenter used every one of them. No matter which tool He used, no other tool could have done the work better.
It is an interesting analogy to use the tools in a tool belt to life in this world. But it works! I doubt if anyone has given much thought to the fact that Jesus was a carpenter by trade. He, too, would select tools necessary to accomplish a certain task. As He went on to do God’s work, He selected certain people to help Him as well as later to carry on the task of spreading the new “Christianity.” All, but one, did exactly that.
I firmly believe that even today, God uses each of us for certain tasks on this earth. Many times we don’t really know what his plans for us really are and we may not realize He is using us in our everyday activities. Sadly, He has failures in using us today as well. Many times our actions disappoint God, but He forgives and keeps trying to guide us.
Like the carpenter’s tools in his belt, we may not know what the ultimate outcome may be, but by using each of our abilities, He manages to complete his goal. All we need to do is let Him use us to the best of our ability. He will do the rest.