I Want to Be a Tool by Bob Goss

If you look up the word Tool in Urban Dictionary, the definition you will read is this: “One who lacks the mental capacity to know he is being used. A fool. A cretin. Characterized by low intelligence and/or self-esteem.”

If you look it up in Webster’s Dictionary this is what you will find, amongst others: “One utilized to carry out the designs of another; one manipulated or used by another.”

The tool I want to be is the latter, although I suppose one could argue that I am the prior.


The type of Tool I want to be is a screwdriver, a hammer, a pair of pliers, etc.  Some of you, like me, may be mechanically inclined; others, I understand, are not.  My father built into me the ability and common sense to fix almost anything, so I grew up using tools. Therefore, I know what tool to use for what job.

Those of you who aren’t mechanically inclined may not know this intuitively. For example, a pair of pillars can be used to screw in a screw, but you won’t be able to make it tight; thus, the screwdriver.


We are all uniquely gifted, made to be a specific tool. I want to be used by God in the way He has gifted me. I don’t want to be a screwdriver when He has gifted me to be a hammer. I pray continually that I will know my limitations and only operate in the realm or the arena He has for me.

Like a pair of pliers or a screwdriver, I am powerless to do anything without someone picking it up and providing the power. It is the same for us – we are ineffective without the power from God to accomplish His plan through us.

Philippians 4:13 states that “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

John 15:5 states, “… for apart from Me you can do nothing.” The context of this verse is that of a vine with branches. If a branch is not abiding or attached to the vine, it cannot produce fruit or be useful (my paraphrase).

I want to be utilized by God to impact this world, or at least, the corner of it where God has put me. I challenge you to seek out how He has gifted you and discover how He wants to use you. Let’s all figure out what Tool we are so God has a complete tool box.

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  1. Mat on November 9, 2015 at 5:06 am

    If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
    – Abraham Maslow, The Psychology of Science, 1966.

    I’m not going to list here all the great things Bob has done. Just one – he has been a friend and mentor to me. I appreciate him and Enne more than I can put into words.

    That said – let’s get this party started! Post and share your gifts and how God has used you!

    I got tattooed this summer – and it’s probably the best decision I ever made. People are asking about them and I am reminded every day that my commitment to Jesus – the Messiah!

    It’s real – somebody died for you 2000 years ago!

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