2 Timothy 2:20, NIV: In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.

A young boy observes his dad fixing the car. The father asks the boy to hand him certain tools, and explains to the boy which tool is which and patiently waits while the boy finds the tool. Once the boy gives his father the tool, the father then begins to explain the tool's purpose, and how each tool is shaped for a specific function. The boy watches intently while the father uses the tool, and by watching his father he learns something that will one day help him to work even as his father works. As God's children, we are both the tool and the child looking on. As a tool, we are shaped for a specific function. We are designed with a purpose in mind--for a specific function in life and in the body of Christ. By watching our Heavenly Father, we will learn how we as His instrument will be used to perform our function effectively. And we will see how we are being shaped to fit the work God has given us, and to snugly fit into His hand as He works through us.