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Becoming an Instrument in the Maker’s Hands

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of the Impressed series. Be sure to follow the rest of the series HERE.

Pain and suffering are inevitable in this life. How we walk through those is another matter.

Whether we are aware of it or not, we all give “counsel” – trying to interpret and figure out life. There is a danger to the source of our counsel – from ourselves, our experiences, from others or through the truth, hope, and power of Jesus our Redeemer.

As you enter into the lives of people you learn about deep hurts, pain, and issues people have experienced and often still walk through the effects.

I feel the weight of giving “counsel” to others – am I qualified to even do so? What if I haven’t walked through what they have – can I even speak into it? Knowing I’m in need of change, how can I help someone else in need of change? That’s just it. God created us for relationship to do life together because we are all people in need of change, helping people in need of change. We have been given the great Counselor and He has impressed on my heart the call to point people to Him and His counsel, not my own.

God created us for relationship to do life together because we are all people in need of change, helping people in need of change.

I came across this book, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp, which has had a lasting impression on my heart and mind to have a gospel-centered focus when counseling people and has great practical steps to walk through.

“An instrument is a tool that is actively used to change something, and God has called of his people to be instruments of change in his redemptive hands.”

Our view of God, life, and eternity shapes the way we respond to life’s circumstances. We have been given the Counselor and need His counsel in our own lives to then offer to others.

“I am called to face my duplicity and my idolatry, and the fact that this war is the most significant inner dynamic of human experience…What rules my heart will shape the way I deal with life’s saddest and sweetest moments…what rules my heart will determine how I respond to life.”

Much of the world’s counsel deals with the outward circumstances, quick fixes, and often a focus on behavior modification. If we neglect the issues of the heart, there will be no lasting change.

“We must not offer people a system of redemption, a set of insights and principles. We offer people a Redeemer. In his power, we find the hope and help we need to defeat the most powerful enemies. Hope rests in the grace of the Redeemer, the only real means of lasting change.”

“An instrument is a tool that is actively used to change something, and God has called of his people to be instruments of change in his redemptive hands.”

As I wish I could retain every piece from this book to put into practice in all “counseling” type situations, this simple process from the book has been impressed in my memory and engraved on my heart: LOVE – KNOW – SPEAK – DO.

LOVE highlights the importance of relationship in the process of change. Enter the person’s world, incarnate the love of Christ, identify with suffering, accept with agenda – God’s grace is always grace leading to change.

KNOW has to do with really getting acquainted with the people God sends our way. Knowing a person means knowing the heart. Ask people to define their terms, clarify what they mean, explain why they responded the way they did.

Knowing a person Biblically:

The Situation – What is going on?

The Responses – What the person does in response to what is going on?

The Thoughts – What does this person think about what is going on?

The Motives – What does the person want out of, or in the midst of what’s going on?

SPEAK involves bringing God’s truth to bear on this person in this situation. Rebuke is the word the Bible uses for bringing truth to where change is needed. Confrontation is meant to be more of a lifestyle than an unusual event.

Confrontation process:

Consideration – What does this person need to see that they do not see?

Confession – If people have looked at themselves in the mirror of scripture, they should have identified sins of heart and behavior that need to be confessed.

Commitment – The first step of the “put on” phase.

Change – Focuses on the how. How should these new commitments be applied to daily living?

DO something with what we learn – to apply the insights God has given to daily life and relationships. We do want people to see, know, and understand, but we also want them to apply that insight to their daily life…Here we teach people to be dissatisfied with the gap between their confessional and functional theology.

“We all need loving, honest rebuke because of the deceitfulness of sin, wrong and unbiblical thinking, emotional thinking, and our view of life tends to be shaped by personal experience.”

“People who were lost find their way; people once paralyzed with discouragement walk in hope; alienated people live in community as broken relationships are restored; confused minds think in ways that are true, pure and right; and the person who once lived for his own power now rests in God’s.”

We could be a part of the redemptive stories of people’s lives if we are willing to be instruments in His hands.

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Ashley Brannan

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Ashley delights in the Word of God and is passionate about seeing others sink deeply in the truths of scripture for true life change, freedom, healing, reconciliation, fulfillment, purpose, and significance found in Jesus alone. She loves being a part of the church body at The Well Community Church, being a disciple of Jesus and making disciples. She works in the everyday work force, desiring to redeem work and culture with the hope of the Gospel. As an internal processor she loves being out in nature, reading, journaling, instrumental music, all things Fall and clear mug conversations.


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