February 4th – Tools of the Trade

The carpenter has the tools of a carpenter; the stone cutter, those of a stone cutter. What tools then do you take for My work? Tools of skill are the requirements of the workplace. Strength of mind and hand bring the wage. Time invested that skill may grow, brings forth greater pay. So too, it is with My Kingdom. Great fruit is the yield of My tools in the hand and mind of he who seeks to wield them. The fruit of the workplace, with tools only of the workplace, is short-lived gain. Tools of the Kingdom in that same workplace, yield fruit eternal. Years of wordly diligence is required for life, and it is true the lazy suffer at their own hand. But for life received fully, the tools of the Spirit, gifted, as your temporal talents have been gifted, grow in yield as they are used and refined. Bring also the eternal tools, and then the work of the paycheck will also yield a great work that fire will not destroy and time will not erase. Amen.

Romans 12:6-8 (ESV) – Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;  the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Bottom Line:  We are called to work, and to do it well. To do that, we continue to hone and build our skills. We must be reminded though, that there is eternal work to be done in the workplace as well, and we need to practice and improve. What spiritual tools should you bring to work?

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