A man in a factory was making pencils for school children. Children would use the pencils to do their homework. The pencils would help the children to move forward in the race of their education. Pencils play a very vital and important role in our writing. Small children in schools do all their homework assignments with the help of the pencil.
This man in the factory put the pencils in a box so that they could be sent to the market when young and old could buy and use the pencils. As he did his work, he took one pencil in his hand and minutely examined it. He began to think then he started to talk to the pencil as if it was a living thing. He gave a message to the pencil.
Oh, Pencil, whatever you do, it will leave an impression.
It means, pencil, whatever will be written by you, it will remain. In the same fashion whatever a person does, it will leave an impression in this world; whether he does something good or something evil. That is why we must carefully observe the biblical truths which admonish us.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (Col 3:23 KJV+).
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment (Eccl 11:9 KJV+).
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil (Ecc 12:14 KJV+).
A good name is better than precious ointment (Eccl 7:1 KJV+).
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (2Co 5:10 KJV+).
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold (Pro 22:1 KJV+).
We must lead a rightful life on the face of this earth, so when we leave this earth people may remember us with good words. At the same time, when we stand before God we may have boldness to stand before our Judge.
Oh, Pencil, you can always correct your mistake.
When we write with pencil, in case of mistake or wrong spelling there is a capacity to rub away those wrongs. A believer in Christ also has the capacity to mend his mistakes. If he truly wants to do so, he can have perfect restoration. In fact it is very essential to admit or acknowledge his wrongdoing and sin; to confess them before the Lord.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin
(Psalm 51:2, KJV).
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me
(Psalm 51:3, KJV)
He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy (Proverbs 28:13, KJV).
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9, KJV).
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin
(1 John 1:7, KJV).
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25 KJV).
The man who was made those pencils and put them in the boxes to make them ready for the market said a third thing to the pencil.
Oh, Pencil what is in you is very important.
It means the lead which is in you is very important. A believer has the need to always know that the one who is in him is very important. The Lord Jesus Christ said,
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; (John 14:16 KJV).
Eventhe Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you (John 14:17 KJV).
Remember that a believer has the Holy Spirit in him;
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1Co 3:16 KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (1Jn 4:4 KJV+).
…and the word of God abideth in you… (1Jn 2:14 KJV+).
Oh, Pencil you will often go through the painful process of sharpening.
You should not be disturbed by this process. It will make you much better. As long as a pencil is useful, it needs to be sharpened. Then the task of writing can be neat, tidy and clear. This is a daily process. While doing so, the writing ability of the pencil, the speed and the neatness is increased. The process of sharpening is also very essential for a believer. He needs it very badly so that he may grow in his spiritual walk and be useful, and be a blessing for others. But remember that the process of sharpening is very thorny and agonizing. Each one of us eagerly desires to be useful so that he can grow, so that he can be a source of blessing for others. But most of us flee from the process of sharpening.
Once someone asked a violin, “When your master plays you, thousands of people stand up from their chairs and start applauding you; they give you great appreciation.”
The violin very sincerely and seriously responded, “I have been cut from the forest. I was a beautiful tree. I was a tall tree. I was rooted out of the ground. I was separated from the rest of the trees; I was painfully cut into pieces. I was cut by an axe. I went through the saw. I went through a lot of pain and agony. I thought that my master was a tyrant. He used different methods of tyranny on me. While I silently went through this whole process I shed tears. He bruised my soft skin with a file. I continuously bore this pain and discomfort. Then when this long process was completed he gave me the shape of a violin! Like dry wood, I could have been used for fuel. I thank God that after going through so many hardships I turned into a violin. Now my master takes me in his hands and plays me; then thousands of people appreciate and applaud at my beautiful music.”
In the same manner it is essential that we as people of God continuously go through the process of sharpening (pruning) so that we may achieve spiritual heights. The prophet and king, David said;
It isgood for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes
(Psalm 119:71, KJV).
For a believer, the process of taking up the cross is also the process of sharpening.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24 KJV).
For the sake of Christ, when people speak against us we face humiliation, persecution; we are put into prison. These are all part of the process of sharpening. The chief apostle, Saint Paul, writes about his experiences during his missionary travel and ministry.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (Matthew 5:11 KJV).
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; (2 Corinthians 11:25 KJV).
Injourneyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; (2 Corinthians 11:26 KJV).
In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness (2 Corinthians 11:27 KJV).
...beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” (2Co 11:28 KJV+)
In our race to the goal in our Christian life we can be proved successful if we, like Paul, face our problems and hardships as faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Oh, Pencil, if you want to prove to be the best then you must give the person who is holding you in his hand the opportunity to be useful.
The one who holds you must guide you and use you. Oh, Pencil, you cannot do anything by yourself. Nor can a believer do anything by himself.
...for without me ye can do nothing (John 15:5 KJV).
...and thy right hand shall save me (Psalm 138:7 KJV).
And the LORD shall guide thee continually (Isaiah 58:11 KJV).
When the pencil remains in the hand of the writer, the writer can write a beautiful message with it. The pencil’s efficiency will be according to the person in whose hand it remains. If it is held in the hand of an artist, the artist can make a beautiful piece of art with it. If in the hand of an architect, a beautiful house can be designed. But, if this pencil is put in the hand of an unwise child, he may draw ugly lines on a beautifully painted wall or make the wall dirty. The pencil is the same but when it is in the hands of different people it works differently.
In the same way, if a person gives himself joyfully into the hands of God Almighty then God will create a beautiful man in his inner being. When Saul fell into the hands of God, he became Paul; he became a new man with a very special and important role in the spread of the Christian gospel. When Hudson Taylor joyfully came into the hands of the Lord, he helped to spread the Gospel in China (I met his grandson, James Taylor in 1978.).
When William Carey, Sadhu Sunder Singh, and Brother Bakht Singh, gave their lives to the Lord, God used them mightily in India. God used Brother S.M. Daniel in Pakistan. David Livingston put everything at the feet of his Savior and God used him for the expansion of His kingdom in Africa. (I saw his coat, letters and many other things in the Livingston Museum. There is a city in Zambia called Livingston, a city named in honor of that great missionary. He joyfully committed his life to serve the people of Africa.
The Lord keeps and guides his people. Lord, help us to understand and apply these simple and effective realities and lessons in our lives!