sin problemThe claw hammer has a singular use: drive the nail. The American psychologist, Abraham Maslow, said that when you only have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. That is, in a good sense, exactly the Christian’s situation.

But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:60 NET

Jesus does not want volunteers who offer their services (verses 57-58). Nor does he accept people with divided loyalties (verses 61-62). And he certainly doesn’t allow entrance into his service people who don’t know the true work of the Kingdom, that of proclamation.

For the task of Jesus is singular: proclaiming the Kingdom of God. The singular problem is sin. And the Christian has a single tool in his toolbox: the gospel. For this tool, and none other, solves the problem.

5 thoughts on “The single-tool worker

  1. So then, what do you do with the claw on the backside of the hammer, show “V” for victory in Jesus, or, let there be peace?

  2. I’m a little late on this one but just have to say awesome reply J Randal! Pull out the that answer!

    • Shirley, thanks! I’m late on replying, had friends here all weekend, and we didn’t stop the whole time, had studies, visits, two congregations. Whew! Was great. But I thank you for commenting.

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