"Tools of the trade"

Every line of work has its own tools of the trade and skills to learn. When we start out, we might not have a full set
of tools and we won't be very proficient at using them. If we take the time to work with our tools and learn from
others, then we can become more skilled. We may even discover new tools to add to our collection. Through persistent
practise, a willingness to learn from others and an openness to new tools and skills we can get better at our work.
 
How about you and your Christian life? What tools and skills do you possess that can help you to work for God? Are 
you certain that your toolbox is complete - or could you benefit from new ones? Do you know how to use all of your
"spiritual toolbox"? Is there anyone who could help you learn? Perhaps spend a few minutes pondering these questions.
 
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we read, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and 
training in righteousness, so that all God's people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (TNIV)
 
How familiar are you with the Scriptures? Do some passages seem difficult, boring or irrelevant? Do you stick to
reading only those texts that you are familiar with or find reassuring? Ask God to help you find spiritual sustenance 
and tools for your Christian life through His Word - including the hard bits. Ask yourself what attitude you tend to
bring to your Bible-reading - are you open to being taught, rebuked, corrected, trained and equipped?
 
You might like to ask the Spirit to show you which tools or skills He wants you to add to your collection or to become 
more familiar with at this stage of your walk with God.