The answer, of course, is that the primary purpose of a pen is to write.
A $300 gold pen may look very attractive and may impress people, but if it is out of ink, it is a complete failure as a pen. It is not fulfilling its purpose. It is useless!
In fact, when it comes to endorsing a pay cheque, the owner will quickly bypass the useless gold pen and use a 20 cent biro. It does the job.
In the service of Christ,
are we just as useless as a solid gold pen that is out of ink?
Are we like a solid gold pen in appearance:
always on show, seemingly busy,
but achieving nothing of eternal value?
Or are we like the humble 20 cent biro,
serving its purpose without fuss?
Or maybe some of us are like a solid gold pen,
filled with ink and ready to achieve its purpose?
When we allow the love and light of the indwelling Christ
to shine from us,
HE will attract people to Himself
and allow us the privilege of being used by Him to show them the Way.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20
God is in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself . . .
and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
We are ambassadors for Christ
Let your light so shine before men
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.