The Blacksmith's Shop
In the shop of a blacksmith, there are three types of tools. There are tools on the junkpile:
They sit in the cobwebbed corner, useless to their master, oblivious to their calling.
There are tools on the anvil:
They lie on the anvil, being shaped by their master, accepting their calling.
There are tools of usefulness:
They lie ready in the blacksmith's tool chest, available to their master, fulfilling their calling.
Some people lie useless:
They are tossed in with the scrap iron, in desperate need of repair, with no notion of purpose.
Others lie on the anvil:
hungry to change,
They welcome the painful pounding of the blacksmith's hammer, longing to be rebuilt, begging to be called.
Others lie in their Master's hands:
They respond to their Master's forearm, demanding nothing, surrendering all.
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We are all somewhere in the blacksmith's shop. We are either on the scrap pile, in the Master's hands on the anvil, or in the tool chest. (Some of us have been in all three.)
In this collection of writings, we'll take a tour of the "shop." We'll examine all tools and look in all corners. From the shelves to the workbench, from the water to the fire....
And I'm sure that somewhere you'll see yourself.
We'll discover what Paul meant when he spoke of becoming "an instrument for noble purposes." And what a becoming it is! The rubbish pile of broken tools, the anvil of recasting, the hands of the Master -- it's a simultaneously joyful and painful voyage.
And for you who make the journey -- who leave the heap and enter the fire, dare to be pounded on God's anvil, and doggedly seek to discover your own purpose -- take courage, for you await the privilege of being called "God's chosen instruments."
Copyright © 1985 by Max Lucado
This was the introduction to "On the Anvil: Stories on Being Shaped into God's Image", by Max Lucado. I just finished reading it. It is 49 easy to read, very short chapters. Each chapter is only a page or two long. I really enjoyed it.
Lord, continue to put me on the anvil and pound me into a tool worthy enough to be held in your hand and used for your glory. Thank you, Lord. I am willing.
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