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This object lesson was created for us to know we matter! In all our uniqueness, quirks and all, God has a plan for us and can use us when we place ourselves in His hands.
Whether you're needing this message for yourself or to share with a group of adults, may you sense God's presence and truth - You matter!
Object lesson for youth & kids - God's Toolbox
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”
How many tools do you use during the day?
Sometimes we limit our understanding of tools as those we would normally find within a "toolbox," but God's toolbox contains far more than what could be contained in a single toolbox.
Think beyond a hammer, screwdriver and measuring tape. What about the tools we use in the kitchen like a whisk, spatula or measuring cup? What about the tools on our desk such as tape, pens and paper clips?
God has many different tools in His toolbox (the Church). Each
is special and has a special purpose. We wouldn’t use a whisk to hammer
a nail, but a whisk is very useful in cooking.
We would expect to find a hammer, screwdriver, and wrench in a toolbox. In the same way, many times we only expect God to use the pastor, deacons, elders, or Sunday school teachers.
In reality, God wants to use each and everyone of us. God has created us unique and different. He wants us to use our gifts for Him.
Gather a few tools you use each day and think of how they could be used by God in your hands. For example: the hammer may be used by a missionary, someone helping fix a roof, or a Christian construction worker; the pen may be used to write encouraging notes, write down memory verses, used by a teacher or author, etc.
Now think of other tools, gifts or abilities God has given you that can be used for His glory - ex: singing, drawing, helping others, sports, etc.
Finally hold your Bible in your hands; it is the most powerful tool that God has given us! We must make sure we have it in our toolbox for everyday life.
Our verse above from 1 Corinthians talks about both different gifts, different services, and different workings. We're not meant to serve in the exact same way.
Someone may have the same gift like teaching, but one may teach individually like discipling one on one and another may teach groups of people or even teach by writing articles and Bible lessons online.
God has created you uniquely with your own mix of personality, experiences, knowledge and abilities. He has also placed you in a unique situation with a specific area of influence. You know and can reach people for God that others don't know or couldn't relate to.
You matter in God's toolbox! He wants to use you just like you are and right where you are. As the last part of our verse says - "but the same God works all of them in all men."
There are many Bible characters who show how God uses many different types of people in His work. Take time to read the following verses and ask God to open your eyes to how He wants to use you. You matter!
(Peter) was a fisherman, was one of Jesus’ disciples, denied Jesus three times, was used mightily in building up the church Acts 2:38-39
(Paul) was a tentmaker, persecuted or punished Christians, met Jesus on the roadto Damascus, went on missionary journeys, wrote most of the New Testament Acts 20:7
(Dorcas/Tabitha) was a seamstress, was a believer, made clothes for the widows, died and was brought back to life by Peter Acts 9:36
(Luke) doctor, traveled on missionary journeys with Paul, wrote one of the Gospels as well as Acts Colossians 4:14
(Mary & Martha) two sisters that were homemakers, had a brother that Jesus brought back to life, one anointed Jesus before He died (John 12:1-3)
(Barnabas) encourager, stood up in defense of Paul, went on missionary journeys Acts 15:35
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