Well, I have to say that being locked up in jail like the Apostle Paul would have given this a very interesting plot twist! (And I think the whole concept of “jail” can be very fascinating to children. There is an abstract quality about it, much like “death.”)
So what do you think? Are there certain characteristics that a person has, characteristics that God gives to a person as a gift, maybe beyond just what comes naturally? Do we have a choice then of how those characteristics are used to build people up or tear people down? Is it possible to get so wrapped up in the characteristic and the gift that we don’t stop to think about how it is being used?
What actually prompted this comic strip was a verse that I read last week.
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. 2 Corinthians 13:10 (KJV)
What Paul said about his own characteristic of sharpness was interesting to me. It really stood out to me. His sharpness was a power…maybe somewhat like a gift since it came from God…and it can be used for either edification or for destruction. For me, that has been a great deal to consider.
It made me wonder about other things that really carried power which we possess, perhaps unknowingly. It made me wonder about how these powers could be used. Most often we may think of power as being something that people in politics or big business possess, but which most of us don’t possess. Yet it seems that “sharpness” is a “power tool” found in Paul’s “invisible toolbox”! Hmm…something to search out in my own life! What do I possess? Am I using it to tear people down or build people up?