“At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.”
One of the common signs you see when you walk through a museum is, “Do Not Touch.” The reason they don’t want you to touch the items in a museum is because they are considered valuable, and they don’t want the people visiting the museum to damage or destroy those items. On the other hand, a person with a toolbox uses the tools inside of that toolbox, and they don’t care how dirty the tool gets while using them. I often helped my father work on cars, and the tools we used got dirty while working, but those tools helped us to fix whatever was wrong with the vehicle.
The items inside of a museum and toolbox are both valuable to those who own them. The difference between a museum and a toolbox is enormous. The items in a museum are mainly valuable because people come and see something that made an impact in history, whereas the items in a toolbox are valuable because they are used to fix things that are presently making an impact. If I had to choose between being museum piece or a tool, I would choose the tool every time because a tool is making history whereas a museum piece is history.
You will never be used by the LORD in a great matter if you are more interested in being a museum instead of a toolbox. Isaiah was a tool in God’s toolbox, and that is why the LORD was able to use him mightily. When God told Isaiah to walk barefoot and naked so that he could be an object lesson to those listening to his message, he didn’t argue with God, but he obeyed Him. He understood that he was a tool to be used and not a museum piece to be admired.
All the people whom God used in history understood this principle of being a tool instead of a museum. Every trial they faced, they used it as a tool to further the cause of Christ. Those who have been used by God were not concerned with what others thought about them; rather, they lost themselves in what they were doing and were willing to make fools of themselves so that the truths of God could be understood so that people would be saved. That is why Paul said in 2 Corinthians 11:16, “…Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.” He was saying that he lost himself in what he did for Christ for the possibility of people understanding the importance of the Gospel.
My friend, if God is going to use you, you must be willing to be a tool. You will never impact people for Christ by being a museum piece for people to see how refined you are in their perception. The best preacher and teacher are those who lose themselves and are willing to make a fool of themselves in delivering God’s truths. The believer who makes the greatest impact on others is the believer who loses themselves and is willing to embarrass themselves so they can reach others. The bus worker and ministry worker who makes the greatest impact on others is the worker who loses themselves so they may gain the attention of those they minister to so they can deliver the truths of God to them. If you are a museum and are concerned with what others think of you, you will never impact others. I challenge you to be a tool who loses yourself so that many can be reached for Christ’s sake.