At a time when it seems like everyone is blaming the other for the disunity in our social and political lives, I bring to you this spiritual allegory by an unknown author.
One day the carpenter’s tools had a conference. Brother Hammer was the president. Opening the meeting, he said that there had been some complaints among his tool colleagues and that he thought it would be good to discuss them openly together.
“Yes, Brother Saw, what is your complaint?” Brother Saw got up and said, “Brother Crayon gets on everybody’s nerves.” He is nowhere to be found when needed on duty, and he is so direct at times. It definitely needs a little sharpening if it’s going to be of any use.
Little Brother Pencil slowly gets up and says, “Okay, maybe I’m a little rough sometimes, but that’s because I’m so used. At least I’m not like Brother Drill and his little bits. They’re always going around in circles and Brother Drill seems a bit boring.
Well, Brother Drill and his family stand up and say, “Yes, I know we have a reputation for going around in circles, but at least we’re not like Brother Plane. You have to push him around to do anything. All of his work is so superficial and certainly doesn’t have depth like ours.
All eyes turned to Brother Plane as he spoke, “I’m not the only one who needs a little help getting things done, Brother Sandpaper is worse than me.” And besides, who wants to work next to him with his brutal attitude? It just rubs me the wrong way.
This made Brother Sandpaper really angry. “Brother Plane is just jealous, that’s all! And while everybody’s complaining, I want to complain about Brother Rule. Who does he think he is, always measuring others by his standards, as if he were the only one here?
As the conference continued, the tools got really hot and tempers flared. Just as some were about to leave the carpenter’s room, who should enter if not the master carpenter of Nazareth. He had come to do his job for the day.
His Father asked him to build a house in which they could both live. So he put on his work clothes and set about finishing the job his father had given him to do, using all the tools. The Father appears on the scene. How thrilled and happy he is to see what the Son has accomplished. “How did you do, my son? asked the Father. Master said, “I paid a high price for a set of tools and put them all to good use to build this house for us.
“Do you see Brother Hammer over there?” He is a very strong and efficient worker for demolishing and building. Then there’s Brother Saw, who is very sharp and puts his teeth into the job. Brother Pencil helps correct and mark construction progress. I couldn’t do without Brother Drill and his little family, because they are good at deepening the material and paving the way for additional work.
And Brother Plane is such a gentle worker, helping to overcome obstacles and not biting more than he can handle. Although Little Sister Punch is very small, with Brother Hammer’s help she does a great job of driving the point home. As you can see, I love my tools and am grateful to have a variety. They are well worth the investment. Let me show you around the rest of the building.
Well, when they left, all the carpenter’s tools began to rejoice because everyone received compliments from the Master and saw how pleased his Father was with what they had all accomplished together. Elder Hammer stands to close the conference by saying, “Brothers and sisters, we are all needed and loved. Whether we are old or new, large or small, with different functions or strengths, we are all important tools in the hands of the master carpenter. »
“And you are living stones that God is building in his spiritual temple.” 1 Peter 2:5 “Together we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully gathered in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him, you are also part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:20-22
Retired Pastor Jim Nichols – Sidney Seventh-day Adventist Church