When you are working on a project, the most important thing you need is the right tools. If you are baking a cake, you shouldn’t need a hammer- but a hand mixer will do you a world of good. If you are building a house- you will need the hammer, not the mixer. Tools are so important when we are doing projects. Sometimes though, we have to use the tools we have. God has given us tools to use in the Kingdom building process- but we have to see them as such, and use them well.
God has given you some specific tools that you can use in order to build his kingdom. In Acts 18, we see different people, using different tools. Lets look at some of them more closely.
Paul’s Tools: Education and The Power of Words
Paul had been given two very special tools from the Lord. He was trained and educated well in scripture. Before salvation, Paul used this knowledge to harm the church. Now, he used the tool to share the gospel.
Paul also had a knack for speaking the truth. God had gifted him, and the Holy Spirit had empowered him, to use his words to bring others to the gospel. So much so, that God told him in Acts 18
Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent, for I am with you and no one will attach you to hurt you, for I have many people in this city. (v9-10)
We have been given similar tools. While we may not all be college educated in scripture, we do hold in our hands the very words of God. As believers, we have the Holy Spirit, the perfect teacher, who can teach us the Word, and then help us use our words to share the gospel.
May we study the word to show ourselves approved unto God. May we study the Word so that we will rightly divide it, so that others may come to know Him.
May we use our words wisely. In our tongue is the power of life and death. May we speak words of Life so that others can come to know the Gospel.
Aquila and Priscilla: The Tools of Marriage and Home
The story of Aquila and Priscilla really stood out to me. A married couple who worked together as God intended them to as a ministry team to share the gospel.
I remember as a single girl praying for my husband (it really wasn’t that long ago). The one thing I wanted more than anything else was to be a help meet – to be a gospel ministry team. I wanted to have a husband who would lead our home. I wanted to have a family that was focused on ministry.
Never in a million years did I expect God to go so far above my expectations.
I look at my life now. All glory goes to God. He answered my prayer. As I look at our ever overflowing calendar, I am thankful to see it filled with ministry opportunities.
Not all within the church.
You can use the bleachers at a football game to bring God glory and have gospel conversations.
You can use family outings, play dates and homeschool co-ops as moments to minster to others.
You can use your every day life as ministry and worship.
Marriage is meant to be two people who are focused on Christ, who are better together then they are apart. I know the world has tainted that view, and that there are many who wish that was what their marriage was – even if it isn’t. Know this. God is in the business of answering prayers. A prayer for your marriage to serve the purpose of bring God Glory is a kingdom prayer God wants to answer.
What about our homes? Are you using your house an an opportunity to share the gospel?
When we were looking to buy our home, we prayed and asked God for a tool for ministry. When He gave us our tool, I tried to give it back – several times. I didn’t feel worthy of my home.
Yet, God has had plans for this home.
Plans for my kids to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Plans for couples to come here and find an oasis where we can talk about faith, and our hopes and our dreams.
Plans for teenagers to know that they are safe here – plans for teenagers to talk about deep things of God.
Plans for investments in neighbors and friends.
My home has a purpose.
That is why I focus on making my home a haven each year around this time. Fall and the holidays are a time when we open our homes more.
Do you view your home as a tool for the Gospel? Do you open your home up, like Priscilla and Aquila did.
It doesn’t matter the size. It doesn’t have to be decorated fancy or have a five course meal. It just has to have occupants who willingly use it as a tool for the gospel.
So what about you? What are the tools God has given you? Are you using them for Kingdom building?
Worshiping With My Life,