“And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.” (1 Corinthians 12:23 KJV)
Recently, I took my wife’s car for a safety inspection. Now I don’t want you independent women to get upset at the following statement, but I believe that dealing with mechanics and car dealers is the job of the husband. Notice that I said husband. As a husband and father, there are some responsibilities that I will undertake no matter what. I believe that taking the car to the mechanic is the responsibility of the husband. I am sorry if I have offended you with this, but this is just how I feel and to all my brothers who find it hard to get up early in the morning and take your wife’s car to the mechanic or dealer you are missing out on a night of fun and that’s all I am going to say on that subject.
While at the mechanic, I noticed that the service station was under construction. New gasoline pumps were in the process of being installed. I also noticed that not everything was new; some parts were from the old pumps. There was this one particular part that was being used from the old system that stood out; it was the old intake valve. The intake valve is the valve that connects the gas tank to the gas delivery truck, which refills the pumps at the gas station. I marveled that an old piece of equipment played such a vital role in the operation of the service station. Before the valve could be reinstalled, the mechanic had to refurbish and change the gasket on the valve.
While he was working on the valve, I noticed that he had a bucket of rusty old nuts and bolts, but as far as I was concerned, these nuts and bolts served no purpose. In my estimation they were good for nothing, but in the hands of the master mechanic they were useful for his task. I asked the mechanic why he was keeping the old nuts and bolts. He stated that the reason for this was because he never knew when he could use an extra nut or bolt for something else. He further stated that some old nuts and bolts are better suited for holding things together.
Believers, we are like this old intake valve and the nuts and bolts of the church. Because the church is growing, new ministries are starting and new people are being added, it does not mean that you are not useful. As a matter of fact, the church needs your gift.
Time to Come Out of the Bucket
People may see the beautiful new building, and not realize that the parts you don’t see are the most vital part of the body. Paul said: “And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.” (1 Cor. 12:23 KJV)
You may feel like an old nut or bolt. However, I want to reassure you that you are still useful. Don’t give up! God has a special work waiting just for you. Your time in the bucket is over and God is about to use you to bring new life into an old pump.
Caleb was once a prince of Israel. He was the voice that stood against the majority when the ten spies said they should not enter the Promise Land. For forty five years after the incident at Kadesh-barnea Caleb was in the bucket.
In the 14th chapter of the Book of Joshua, Caleb comes out of the bucket; and look at how he comes out of the bucket. He comes out ready fight to be used by God.
“Now then, give me this hill country about which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day that Anakim were there, with great fortified cities; perhaps the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out as the Lord has spoken.” (Josh. 14:12 KJV)
It’s time for you to get out the bucket ready to fight to be used by God. Beloved, let me encourage you, get out of the bucket!
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