Use me – Part 1
Memory Verse: But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2 Timothy 2:20.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:20-22.
No one wants to drink from a filthy cup or eat with dirty cutlery. An appetising meal served in a dirty plate will be a great put-off and an appetite killer. Who wants to end up with diarrhoea after a “good meal”? So, it is with God. Skills, passion and zeal will be inconsequential, when there is defilement and sin. God is still asking, “whom shall I send and who will go for us?” The harvest is truly plenty, but there is a dearth of labourers. Nevertheless holiness is non-negotiable.
Maybe God is headhunting you for a special assignment, but you are unwilling to get rid of the impediments.
A holy God cannot use unholy vessels. God only uses clean, pure vessels. Let’s look at some of the defiling materials or attitudes, which God will always find repugnant and which render even the most willing vessel unusable by God.
• Lust of the flesh.
• Lust of the eyes.
• Pride of life.
Most sins fall into one of these groups. Examples are covetousness, stealing, lying, immorality, betrayal, deception, bitterness, unforgiveness, anger, adultery, fornication, abortion, murder, bribery, idolatry, pride, etc. Any of these will definitely defile a vessel and render it unfit for honourable use by God. Jam.3:6; Isa.59:3; Ezek.28:18; Matt.7:18-23; Isa.24:5; Heb.12:15; Eph.5:3-7.
Identifying a problem is at least halfway to solving it. Fortunately, God has paid the ultimate price by sacrificing His only begotten Son for the remission of our sins. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. The blood of Jesus cleanses from all sins. Even if your sin be as scarlet, the blood of Jesus will make it as white as snow. Three simple steps required after self-examination are: confess, repent and forsake sin. Isa.1:16; 1 Jn.3:3; 2 Cor.7:1; Jer.4: 14; Jam.4:8; Ps.51:2; Is.1:18; 1 Jn.1:7.
Real success is really finding out why God made you, why He has kept you and commit yourself to your life-purpose for life. It can be done. Ironically, very few succeed in this sense. There is no reason you should not be one of them. You will succeed excellently in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!
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