Recently, my daughter asked me to get her a mobile phone. I smiled and asked her what she’d like to do with it. After mentioning games, cartoons and the likes, she mentioned that she would stream live services with it. I enlightened her further and promised to get her one at the appropriate time.

Friend, you must learn to differentiate between a tool and a toy if you hope to fulfil destiny. Toys would keep you engaged, waste your time without adding significantly to you. Tools would help your productivity and maximize your destiny. A tool can turn to a toy if the handler is not well schooled (Galatians 4:1-2).

God is not interested in giving you toys, He wants to empower you with tools (James 1:17). Tools are needed to fulfil purpose and only purposeful people can get the best out of what God gives. While babies acquire toys, mature people go for tools. Your growth would definitely impact how you see and use things.

You need a significant doze of wisdom for you to maximize what God gives. Wisdom will teach you to use what God gives for its purpose. Money is a tool but it can be a toy and a waste in the hands of people who lack divine wisdom in administering it (1 Timothy 6:17-19). Solomon started out in wisdom but when folly set in, divine tools became satanic traps (1 Kings 3:3-13, 11:1-4).

As you make progress in God, you would acquire things. But you must ensure that what you possess does not posses you. You must maintain focus so you won’t be living your life to prove a point rather than please the One to whom you are answerable (Luke 12:16-21, Hebrews 4:12-13). When you see your cars, private jets, big houses, gadgets etc. as tools and not toys, you would not have to make noise about them.

Beware of satanic traps. When you lose focus on God, purpose and eternity, you would fall for the traps of the devil. The mobile phone that should enhance your productivity and destiny fulfilment can become a trap that demobilizes and eventually destroys you. Until you see what God gives you as a tool to fulfil destiny, you are not safe to be blessed (Genesis 12:2, 13:2).

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria