My grandpa Frank had a really dry wit and I hardly ever saw the punch line coming. He once held up his hammer and said, “ I’ve had this same hammer for 50 years. I only had to replace the head twice and the handle three times. Our society has many expressions with the term hammer in them. “Put the hammer down on”, “hammer out an accord”, “hammer someone with the facts” etc, etc. It has been said that when one has the mentality of a hammer, everyone else looks like a nail.
A good hammer is:
A valuable tool for building or demolition.
A versatile tool for small jobs such as putting up pic- tures and a big job like building a house.
A simple tool with no moving parts to fuel or oil or that wear out.
A durable tool that takes a lickin’ and keeps on tick in’. Most carpenters have one that has lasted for their whole career.
An interactive tool that works well with other tools.
One easy tactic for removing a stubborn nail is to drive the claw under the nail with another hammer head.
A facilitator which fastens two different materials to gether such as a shingle and a board.
A good Christian has many of these qualities and thankfully avoids some of the bad traits. He/she is a valuable tool in accomplishing God’s works here on earth. ( Eph 2: 10) ( Heb 6: 10) God could easily use his creative powers to accomplish his will, but chose to defer to feeble mankind in many circumstances.
A good Christian is versatile by learning to talk and reason with people of various backgrounds. ( Acts 17: 22-23) ( 1 Pe 3: 15)
Simple, not a high maintenance person who constantly needs his/her ego stroked or his/her anger assuaged. ( Php 4:5) ( 2 Cor 10:1) ( Eph 4:26) ( Js 1: 19-20)
Durable A Christian does not need new “heads” or “handles” but does have to pick up a cross daily, ( Lk 9: 23) and endures all things to the end. ( Js 1:12) ( 2 Tim 2:12)
Interactive He/she learns, works, and loves with others on many levels. There are dozens of “one another” verses in the letters to the early churches that still apply to us. ( 2 Jo 1:5) ( Col 3:13) ( Heb 10: 25)
Facilitator A good Christian learns to bring brethren with similar or even dissimilar personalities into closer harmony and love. ( Php 4: 2-3) ( 2 Cor 13: 11)
We all hope to be a hammer that God would be happy to have in his eternal home.