“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”2 Corinthians 9:8
I remember back to December 1993, and I had high hopes for that Christmas as I did for every Christmas. Things were changing in our household as my dad was hired for a job in Chicago. All we had known to that point was Arizona and this was going to be our last Christmas in our Arizona home, and Christmas would be different from here on out. I had put the vibes out there of what I wanted, but I had not seen any hints or any hidden things in the garage. We got to the big day and my gift was heavier than I expected, and I was an intrigued by what was in the box. I received a weight set when I was 15, so I figured it might be more weights as I had grown out of my starter weight set. I was surprised in more than one way as it was not something that I remotely expected.
I first unwrapped the bigger present and it was a toolbox with a name scrawled on the top of it. I thought it was used and was disappointed my dad did not take the name off of this toolbox before gifting me with it. He just shook his head at me and told me it was the brand name of the brand-new tool box. I figured the next gift would be tools, and I was not proven wrong as I unwrapped a mechanics tool set. The tools were also brand new and while I was intrigued by the gifts, I was not a 100% sold on what I had just unwrapped. I figured if I needed tools I could just go into my dad’s tool box and borrow them. Why did I need a set of my own tools and a tool box? I thought this to myself, but I am sure my body language was quite evident that I did not fully approve of this gift. I was certainly not as grateful as I should have been.
I also received a pair of Barkley basketball shoes, so all was not lost for Christmas. I could tell my dad was disappointed with me, but he saw past my immaturity and knew the day would come when I would appreciate them. I took the tools and placed them in my tool box and they looked shiny and brand new. It took me a while to use those tools, but as the years have gone by since 1993, I have used those tools many times over. My Barkleys wore out over the next several months, but my tools are still holding strong as they are well-organized in my garage. All the tools I could possibly need are housed in that tool box which has now turned into a rolling tool box. I have never been a handyman type, but I learn a little more every year. I would not be disappointed to receive tools for Christmas now as I feel you can never have enough. You never know what type of job life will throw at you, but I feel I have just the tool in my tool box.
I was a foolish 17-year-old when I received the gift of tools, and I now shake my head at my teenage self as I did not appreciate it. The tools have been a big help to me, and I am thankful for the gift that keeps on giving. I think of the tools God gives us to fight the enemy, and I think of His grace in my life. His divine power helps us fight against the enemy and His power has no limitations. He has equipped us with all the spiritual tools that we will ever need in the spiritual battle. He has given us grace that we may abound to every good work. The power of the world may be strong, but we can rise above that with His grace. 2 Corinthians 10:4 states, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” God have given us every tool we could possibly need, and He has equipped us with everything we need to abound to the good works He has called us to.
Do you make excuses for why you cannot do right? Do you forget about the tools God has equipped you with? Are you ungrateful for the tools He has given you? Are you using the tools to abound unto the good works He has called you to? Do you realize God has given you everything you need to do right? Are you tapped into His mercy? Are you relying on yourself and failing, or are you trusting in His grace to give you the firepower you need to be victorious against the enemy? May we be forever grateful for the tools God has given us, and may we use them in our fight against the enemy.