WK#30 The Right Tool for the Job

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Scripture
"David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them 'I cannot go in these,' he said to Saul, 'because I am not used to them.' So he took them off." (1 Samuel 17:39).


Observation
David, the young shepherd boy, heard the challenge from the Philistines to send someone to fight Goliath. No one volunteered to fight except David. Even after hearing his impassioned plea, King Saul only reluctantly agreed and then offered David his armor. With help David put on the weighty equipment, but quickly concluded he could not fight in this heavy armor. So he gave it back to King Saul.
God equips each of us in such a way that is unique to our strengths and abilities. David knew who he was and who he wasn't. As a shepherd David was trained to use another weapon; a slingshot. In realizing he could not be effective with Saul's armor David showed great maturity.


Application
What are the gifts and talents God has given to you? Have you ever tried to accomplish a task with tools you were not trained to use? God allows each of us to develop skills that are unique to our life. He won’t call you to use someone else's tools.


But, this is only half of the equation. These talents we have to be mixed with faith. Talent alone is not enough. Faith alone is not enough. It is only when the two are combined that God's power is released and made manifest in the physical realm.


Sometimes we admire the talents of others and seek to imitate them. The temptation arises to be someone we are not. This is a mistake. You need to let God live His life through the unique you. So, mix your unique gifts with faith today; you will be surprised at the power of God that will be displayed.


Prayer
It is not so important that I be successful,
     but that I be faithful, that I belong to you,
     that I represent and glorify you.
It is important, 0 God,
    that I allow you to have your way in and through me.
So be it, Lord. Amen


Some things to be mindful of this week:
  • Children's Christmas Musical Preview - Saturday, August 14 10am in the Education Wing.  This meeting is for adults who are interested in helping the children prepare this easy to perform musical. Children are welcome to attend this meeting with their parents however the main purpose is to identify the team to support the children in this endeavor.
  • Back to Church Sunday is September 12, 10am. Who are you praying for that needs to be Reconnected, Refocused or Reloved?
  • Our Wednesday evening Bible study entitled “The Truth Project” will get underway on Wednesday, September 15. Please sign-up so that we can order the material. Watch for video clips during the announcements Sunday mornings