Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Friday, September 18, 2020
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Sermon

 
Be a Faithful Disciple 
 

 Pencil Parable

In the beginning, the Pencil Maker spoke to the pencil saying,
"There are five things you need to know before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be."

1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand.

2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but this is required if you are to become a better pencil.

3) You have the ability to correct any mistakes you might make.

4) The most important part of you will always be what's inside.

5) No matter what the condition, you must continue to write. You must always leave a clear, legible mark no matter how difficult the situation.

The pencil understood, promising to remember, and went into the box fully understanding its Maker's purpose.

We are also designed for a Purpose by God, who is our creator.

Ephesians 2:10says,“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Although there are many uses you can make out of a pencil, there is one use for which it was created- To write. We also are created for special purpose; our creator has special plan for each of us.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

1) You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

The Pencil would only be effective if someone would use it. It depends on who would use it. If to be use by a poet; words will be purely poetic words. An artist would use the Pencil for his sketches drawings. An accountant and mathematician would use them and figures of numbers will issue. It depends on who would use the Pencil.

How about you? Whom will you let hold of your life?

John 15:4

"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."

2) You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.

Yes, it is. Job 23:10 says, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Sometimes we experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various challenges in life, but you'll need it to become a stronger person when you overcoming those time with God.

James 1:2,3,4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

3) You will be able to correct mistakes you might make or grow through them.

As we make our marks, we will definitely encounter mistakes ,failures, defeats, discouragements and many more. We also commit our sins; however, we also can confess to God our sin and we can be forgiven by Jesus Christ. Like the Pencil with an Eraser, our Christian walk will always be a just man falling seven times but rises up again! That is the amazing grace.

Mitchell Skelton said, “A pencil can erase mistakes by lowering its head. A Christian can only erase mistakes by turning and lowering.”

Luke 18:10-14 - 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

4) The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

On the outside, a pencil without graphite may look just like any other pencil. But a pencil that has no graphite is no pencil at all. It’s only an attractive stick. A person can look and act like a great person but if they don’t have God’s love all their goodness is empty.

5) On every surface you walk, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to serve God in everything.

Galatians 6:9, 10 - 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

A pencil’s very nature is to leave its mark on things. Our desire should be to leave God’s mark on our world.

The Pencil after sharpening should be used as a writing instrument, for that is the purpose why Pencils were made. The Pencil is capable of writing at least 45,000 words from the first letter to its entirety of existence.