For the Master’s Use
Daily Devotional for June 17th
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. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work… 2 Timothy 2:20-21
What does it take for me to be used of God? For one, it requires a desire. Your desire to be used of God comes from a heart of gratitude due to the Lord’s redeeming you. Although we can never repay the Lord for the salvation He’s given, our proper response to Him is to bow our knees and ask Lord, thank you for your wonderful love and mercy toward me. Here is my life! What would you have me do?
Is it possible to be saved but be unusable? Yes of course. We can surrender ourselves to the Lord’s will and still not be in a position of usefulness to God. If you notice, these verses mention vessels of honour and dishonor. The next verse exhorts us to purge ourselves of things so that we may become meet or profitable for God to use. Jesus mentioned in Matthew 5:13Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
What does it mean to purge? It literally means to cleanse thoroughly. Can we honestly ask the Lord to use us if we have not committed unto Him ourselves by allowing the truth of God to uproot sin and iniquity from our lives? After we are saved, the Holy Spirit begins the work of sanctification. This is a separation where the Lord will purge the old lifestyle out of you. The children of Israel went through this same experience in the wilderness. Although they had been set free from Egypt, they spent the next forty years in the Sinai desert with the Lord getting Egypt’s ways out of them.
Paul declared in Romans 1:1 that he had been separated unto the gospel of God. He was not just separated from something, Paul was separated unto something; unto the work of God. Have you submitted and surrendered yourself to the service of God? Romans 12 teaches us to present your bodies a living sacrifice; holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. When we present ourselves, we offer our lives as service for God to use us. Friend, He has a wonderful work for you. His will is so much more wonderful than your plans. If you will allow the Lord to perform this work within you, you’ll be excited by the work He does in you and through you.