What is your favorite tool?
By Mark Lubbock
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”.”
–– 2 Timothy 3:16-17
When I was young my family had to do much with little. Our budget was tight, and when it came to repairs, duct tape, a screwdriver and a hammer were the only available tools.
Needless to say, the fixes and patch jobs suffered in quality.
I later obtained and maintained some of the proper tools––What a difference!
When we had to rebuild our home after a flood, the right tools made it possible to produce quality work.
We also need the right tools for our spiritual lives.
God’s Living Word, the Bible, provides information about the proper tools and instruction on how to use them for all of life’s challenges.
Using a new tool works much better after studying the instruction manual. It also helps to get advice from a seasoned expert to avoid pitfalls and master skills.
Then comes practice.
With regular practice we learn from mistakes and we get better results.
I like regular personal Bible study, but I also participate in small-group studies. We flesh out just what the Word says, and how to apply it to our lives.
Like a team that practices sports together, a small group can produce strong and effective members.
What is your favorite tool to learn and grow? Have you thought about your spiritual life in this way?
Consider training offered by the commission as a good way to add tools to your spiritual tool-box. If we don’t have the right tool, we’ll make it for you!
Mark Lubbock, a certified men’s ministry specialist and deployed staff member
General Commission on UM Men