Staying Sharp in the Master’s Hand (by Len Winneroski)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bare fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”  John 15:1-3, NIV

It is my desire in life to become a worn-out garden tool in the Master’s hand.  Many of us have a large collection of tools that are stored together in a tool box, kitchen drawer, or garage.  A hammer has one purpose and a garden hoe has another.  Each tool is selected according to the task at hand.  Although all the tools belong to the owner, certain tools are used more frequently, as they have proven their usefulness over the years.  These tools become naturally worn with constant use.  The owner grows accustomed to these tools and takes great care to sharpen them as they become dull, tape the handles, ect. so that they can continue to be used to accomplish his purpose.  So it is with God.  The tool does not decide what job it should do, the owner does.  It simply does what it was designed to do.  We should pray to God that we will be used to accomplish His purposes. We should study God’s Word and find mature Christian accountability to stay sharp, so that when the Master needs us we are ready.

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