Hammer and Nail

I took my heavy canvas tool bag to church yesterday. Loaded up with various tools. A cordless drill with bits and drivers, a 2' level and his son the bullet level, pry bar, tape measure, a hammer, and even some sunflower seeds just to name a few items included.

Handing out tools illustrated my sermon, "His Heart, His Hands, His Voice," from 1 Corinthians 12.  I handed them to various church members unfortun... I mean "lucky"... enough to be sitting along one aisle.

At this point you are thinking, "I get free tools at Aaron's church?," or, "What happens next?"

To answer the former: I took the tools back once we applied the lesson to conclude the sermon.  They are tools because they are useful to me as they work together by my guidance.  That was the point.

The answer to the later.  It gets interesting.  

You know the claw on the backside of a hammer's head?  Not only can it be used for removing nails, but it is also effective for catching the mouth of tool bags and launching a hammer from a pastor's hands at unsuspecting congregants!

In one swift motion, I rocketed that hammer four foot high and four foot forward spinning toward a dear, ducking for cover sister.  A sister who was wishing she hadn't have chosen the aisle seat.

"Congregant Nailed By Pastor's Hammer In Sermon," the headlines would have read.

Would have.

Thankfully, it fell short of hitting her and landed on the carpeted aisle.  But the Onion couldn't tell it any funnier.  And surely Headlines on Leno surely would have featured that one.

It gets me to thinking.

When is the last time I was nailed by God's Word?

Am I opening myself to His Word regularly to hear from Him?

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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