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Wednesday, December 6th, '17

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NAILED!

"...the words of scholars are like well-driven nails..." (Ecclesiastes 12:11 NKJV)

 

Eight-penny, twelve, sixteen, brad, carpet tack, ring-shank or spike, they come in varied sizes but all have the same purpose, to hold the house together. Why do lives fall apart? Not enough nails. First, nails are SHARP. KJV says the "words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies..." Goads prick and nails can make you bleed. The Word must also cut, piercing like a nail through a two-by-four. The preacher has to hammer it home. The mallet only works with an application of force. That's not always a pleasant thing. Life has its moments of inspection and correction. Jesus' word to Saul of Tarsus was, "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks". Deep convicting messages jab the conscience and obviously, the deeper the nails penetrates the longer the nail holds.

 

Second, nails are STRAIGHT. Hammering bent nails aggravates the carpenter as much as it mars the woodwork. To be effective, the "master of assembly", whether he be parent, preacher or prince, must have his life in order himself. Were you raised by parents or mentored by a pastor or teacher who was tough as nails? Now that you're older you're probably grateful for the rigidity. Nails are made of forged, unbending, unyielding, stubborn steel. They won't budge. Any carpenter that has worked up a sweat trying to wrestle a nail loose from old near-petrified oak knows just how stubborn they can be. But that is vital when it comes to the structure's endurance.

 

And that takes us to the third point, nails are SET. In finish-carpentry, cabinetry, trim-work, etc. the nail has to be punched with a nail-set. The head is buried slightly beneath the surface because the intention is for it to never come loose. "And God has set some in the church..." (1 Corinthians 12:28) Ministry is not a take-it-or-leave-it option. God hammered you into your "place" and if you don't maintain that place the house may fall apart. The colonial homes that have stood for several hundred years are simply amazing. Some are doweled and pegged together but for the most part the strength of the architecture is the thousands of nails that were carefully positioned and set. Our lives too are composites of teachings, experiences, disciplines, encouragements, each driven home with an impact that time can't pull loose. As leaders we must be doctrinal marksmen, placing the right word at the right time in the right place, just like a framer would do with his nail gun. We can't be hammer-happy. Miss the nail and someone gets a black and blue thumb! But growth and spiritual establishing happens when someone in leadership swings the hammer with precision and purpose. Ever left church thinking, "That nailed me today", or "he hit the nail right on the head"? That's the way it is supposed to work. The boards will never fulfill their calling till they have been nailed!


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