The Tool Box

ToolBox07by Rev. Manson B. Johnson II
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times

THE BIG IDEA:  Things that last in life are built from the inside out.

Bible Fact: Men & boys that make the Word of God their tool box for building will please God and have great success. 

Joshua 1:8; I Corinthians 13:11

God is at work inside of every man and boy.  It is up to each individual man and boy to do at least four (4) things to help the greatness of their potential to come out:  (1) they must cultivate the small potentials; (2) they mustculturalize their development process; (3) they must cooperate with a system of standards that will keep them growing in the right direction; and (4) they must communicate often with the creator of their potential for the rest of their life.

  • Cultivate = stir up the potential as needed to become all that God has made one to be
  • Culturalize = expose the potential within to the best sources and resources
  • Cooperate = volunteering to engage in things that matter and things that make a difference to achieve succeed
  • Communicate = to interact with God who is the truth and knowledge of all creation

Several years ago, in Long Beach, California, a fellow went into a fried chicken place and bought a couple of chicken dinners for himself and his date late one afternoon. The young woman at the counter inadvertently gave him the proceeds from the day-a whole bag of money (much of it cash) instead of fried chicken. After driving to their picnic site, the two of them sat down to open the meal and enjoy some chicken together. They discovered a whole lot more than chicken–over $800! But he was unusual. He quickly put the money back in the bag. They got back into the car and drove all the way back. Mr. Clean got out, walked in, and became an instant hero. By then the manager was frantic. The guy with the bag of money looked the manager in the eye and said, “I want you to know I came by to get a couple of chicken dinners and wound up with all this money. Here.” Well, the manager was thrilled to death. He said, “Oh, great, let me call the newspaper. I’m gonna have your picture put in the local newspaper. You’re the most honest man I’ve heard of.” To which they guy quickly responded, “Oh no, no, don’t do that!” Then he leaned closer and whispered, “You see, the woman I’m with is not my wife…she’s uh, somebody else’s wife.” —Charles Swindoll, Growing Deep in the Christian Life, p. 159-60.

Take a few minutes and review the story above and answer these questions:  Can the money hero in the story be trusted?  Why not? Does his returning the money make him trustworthy? Why


Defined: What is it?

  • Trust/trustworthy: the moral quality of being truthful, reliable and dependable to do things right. Jeremiah 5:1,2
  • Question: Can a trustworthy man do something wrong or make a mistake and still keep his trustworthiness with others?

Demonstrated: What will it do or how is it applied in life?

  • Satan uses natural temptations of a good man or good boy to give up his ability to be trusted; I John 2:16, 17
  • What is the results for not being trustworthy; I Samuel 15:10-23
  • Riches along are not enough to add real trust to great character; Psalm 49:6; 52:7; Proverbs 11:28;Mark 8:34-38
  • Trustworthiness makes others attracted to a trusting man or boy; Acts 9:26,27; 11:25,26; Titus 1:7-10

Reward: How does it benefit?

  • Joseph received a good name from heaven; Matthew 1:18-25
  • Solomon received a kingship for his trustworthy heart that cannot be compared by any other early king; I Kings 3:7-14
  • Joseph received the power and wealth of the second chariot rider. Genesis 41:37-44

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