Faith Like a Crowbar

29 May

I woke up this morning thinking about how a crowbar is a lot like our faith. I don’t normally wake up thinking about crowbars, or even about analogies of faith. So I thought I should share this one with you. I know that there are plenty of other uses from a crowbar, and many more Bible passages that could support those analogies, but these are the ones that were on my mind this morning.

A crowbar is not a big tool, but it can be a mighty tool. Just like Faith…

Matthew 17 20 “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

A crowbar is strong.

Proverbs 27 17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

A crowbar can be used to pry two things apart such as the truth from lies.

John 8 31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The straight end of the crowbar can be used to pierce, just as our faith can be used to pierce peoples hearts.

Acts 2 36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Most of us will use a crowbar in a time of need. Our faith is there in our time of need.

Luke 12 11 “And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”

A crowbar can even be used as a weapon!

Ephesians 6 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Used as a lever a crowbar can lift things off the ground! Faith can do the same.

Ecclesiastes 4 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Is it of any use apart from you?

How can your faith be a tool? Are you using that tool or is it sitting in the back of your shed rusting? Your faith can be a tool, but a tool is only good if you use it for what it was created for! I believe these can be summed in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Mark 12

30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Matthew 28

19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


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