Parable of the Pencil
By Karl Ayling, Sep 24 2016 05:18PM
From a spiritual point of view, this is the most important part of the pencil.
God created the world and everything in it. He looked at his handiwork and saw that it was not just good, it was very good.
Then in his own image, he made man and woman and everything was perfect – their worship with him was perfect and we read that He walked in the cool of the evening with them.
But, man decided to do his own thing, turned his back on God and disobeyed him. Man had sinned and broken that perfect relationship he had had with God. Sin had come into the world and because of this we read from the Bible in the book of Romans Chapter 3 verse 23-24 for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God...
But God had made a plan whereby man could be restored to relationship with Him. God took on human form, sent His son Jesus into the world to be born as a baby, to live the only perfect life, to die an agonizing, protracted and wretched death on the Cross of Calvary – because He loved us so very much (John 3 v16-17)
Christ was unique in that he was born to die – he was born as Saviour of the world and 33 years later he died as Saviour of the world. Christ died for mankind. He died for each and every one of us personally. When we ask Him to come into our hearts and lives, to be our saviour and to forgive us our sins that sent to the Cross at Calvary – He rubs out all our sin and we read that He remembers it no more.
How wonderful, amazing it is to know this, that our sins are rubbed out by Christ and remembered no more and not just the once. We can come to Him daily and ask him to forgive us and cleanse us. Rub out our mistakes and start afresh again.
So that's the 'rubber' end of a pencil.
There are a range of different pencils available for different purposes. For example HB, B 2B etc. graded according to the hardness of the lead. An artist will use different combinations of pencils to achieve different effects with shading etc.
Builders use a very thick leaded pencil which doesn't break easily to mark woodwork, brickwork and plaster.
Just as there are different pencils for different purposes, every one of us is useful to God for a particular, different and specific purpose that only you have been made for. We have different talents, different gifts and different attributes that are useful to Him.
Paul in his letters to the Romans and the Corinthians compares the Christian churches to the body of Christ and the human body. Each part of the human body has its own particular features and functions - it cannot work properly without the working of the body as a whole. So it is within the Christian church as we read in Romans 12.
Each of us is charged to find out how God wants to use us. We are all His servants, the highest calling that we can have.
Have you found your purpose in life that God wants for you? Are you actively enquiring of Him? Is your body (and the body of which you are a part) actively participating in healing of the body?
Whilst talking about the different types of pencils, we recognise that the lead is the most important part – the heart of it runs throughout the entire length of the pencil from the point right to the rubber end.
Our hearts are the centre of our being, the seat of our affections and passions. When we become Christians we ask God, through Christ, to come into our heart, to change, to cleanse and to purify them. In Psalm 51 we read 'Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.'
The Makers Name
The makers name of the world's best pencils is a German company called Staedtler and they are very proud of it. Can people see who it is that WE belong to? Who our creator is? As Christians, we belong to God. Can others, by looking, discern who it is that we belong to?
Is God proud of us?
If we apply what it says in Proverbs 3 v5-6;
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight
This will certainly help us in our daily journey. We need to be mindful at all times of whose we are and whom we serve. The world is always ready to pounce on anything that we do or say that is amiss.
We do not to be constantly preaching the word to people – we need to show Gods love in our daily lives by the way that we comport ourselves, by the way that we live, by the way that we speak. The way that we act and react to situations in everyday life.
Quite a challenge to each of us. Can the world see our makers name writ upon us? Can they see who we belong to?
Constant Sharpening Establishes The Best Results
A pencil is of no earthly good for anything if it is blunt, if the lead is broken or it is not sharpened. So it is with each of us to be effective for God. We need Him and others in the body (iron sharpens iron) to keep us sharp. We do this by reading His word, spending time with Him in prayer. These things we install into our daily walk with Him.
We can afford a closer walk with God. We need to be alert to the needs of others and be ready to help (even when not asked) and walk out our salvation in whatever situation we find ourselves in.
The pencil is only useful in someone's hands. We all have, as Christians to be called by God into His service.
Bye for now