We’ve all heard the phrase, Those that can, do, while those who can’t, teach. As a teacher for nearly 40 years, you can imagine that this has been kind of annoying. It ranks right up there with being a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.
Again, this kind of burned since at one time or another, I taught grades 4-12 and I taught them math (of all sorts), English, history, lower level science, physical education, art, business law, religion, and special needs. Then I read a Billy Graham devotional that reminded me that God uses all sorts of people, including tinkers, tailors, and everyone else.
When Jesus came into the world, He came to save all kinds of people: rich or poor, black or white, educated or illiterate, sophisticated or ordinary–and everyone in between. The phase Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy only covers a very small spectrum of groups of people.
Only two groups of people gathered that night to pay homage to homage to the baby king when he was born. One was the shepherds–lowly, at the bottom of the social ladder, uneducated, and unsophisticated. The other was the wise men–intellectuals, from another race and country, wealthy, and respected. The two groups could hardly have been more different.
God brought both groups to Bethlehem–one by angelic announcement, one by the appearance of a miraculous star. And, by bringing both, God was telling us that this baby, born in a manger, would be the Savior for everyone. Every one of us needs what He provided starting that night. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
And that includes tinkers, tailors, and everyone in between.