Monday, June 14, 2010

Tools for the Objective

I've been thinking about things lately. Namely, what is everything here for? Why are cars, sports, politics, and all things here for?

I'd like to submit to you that all these physical things are tools. One way Webster defines tool is - Something "that aids in accomplishing a task." Okay. That means (if everything is only a tool) that there's a task that we are using these things for... That also means there's an objective - the end of the task.

Some people I talk to say things like "I want to get a job so that I can get a car." or, "I'm playing sports to build character."
But that just doesn't cut it... They think that the tools they want (cars, character) are the objective, when in reality, they're nothing but more tools.

Now, since we have (and can get more) tools, what's the objective that we should be using these tools for?

We should be using our tools for God's glory!
"Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

But sometimes we don't use the tools, that God has given us, for His glory. :(
"For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator..." ~ Romans 1:25a

If we aren't using our tools for God's glory, then we are believing in the lie that our tools are the objective, rather than being something to help reach the true objective.

There are people who believe this lie. They try to let things fill the spot that only God can fill.

So... What are some of the things we want? ...A new car? A light-up Frisbee? To work at Wendy's?
Well, if you look at it, these things are either tools that we can use to bring light into the darkness surrounding us, or we can just go blindly on, believing that these things are here for our enjoyment.



  1. Very well said. It's amazing that everything we do is for the purpose of attaining an objective, from watching movies to sleeping to playing sports or instruments. There's always a motive with a goal for everything we do. We must make sure that our motives are always to glorify the Lord and build His kingdom, even when we're doing the "right" things.

    Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

    Dan R.

  2. I love that last sentence of yours. That's exactly it. And most of the pop-Christian culture lives by the wrong attitude. It's "God is my buddy," "Jesus makes me feel good," "Feel-good music," "I feel so alive," and so on. What are people's testimonies in the pop-Christian world, in general? "I felt so alone, so empty, and then Jesus came and it made me feel so good. (Maybe even "I got a warm feeling in my heart") We seem to have totally forgotten why we are here on planet Earth. Yes, Christians should be joyful, but it should be a holy joy that comes from a true heart of worshiping God in all that we do, not some shallow spiritual feeling.

    Even Eden, which was a perfect world, was not just a place of pleasure. Adam and eve were not told, "I've created a perfect place for you, now go out and enjoy yourselves." "They were told, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion..." True fulfillment comes in glorifying God, not in being self-serving.

    Andy Romanowitz