THE DEVIL DECIDED to have a big yard sale.
Taking out all of his finest tools of deception and death, he priced and placed each one on a long table in his driveway.
They were each marked according to their value in his malevolent work.
There was hatred, envy, and jealousy all marked for sale. There was deceit, lust, lying, and pride with their appropriate price tags.
But, set over by itself, totally removed from the other instruments, was an unassuming, plain-looking tool. It was quite worn. In fact, it was the most worn of all the tools, and yet it had no price.
A customer sauntered up and began browsing through the tools. He picked up the tool without the price, looked it over, and casually asked the Devil, “Say, what’s the name of this tool?” With a shrewd sneer, the Devil boldly replied, “Ahh, my favorite tool. That’s the tool of discouragement.”
“But why doesn’t it have a price?” the customer inquired.
The Devil said, “Because that tool is the most powerful in my possession. I use it first to pry open a Christian’s heart, and then I can then use all of my other tools to completely break it down. It is my favorite tool, my most strategic – and therefore it is not for sale.”
The Bible reminds us, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).
“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike