2 Timothy 2:20-21 “Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some for honorable use and some for dishonorable. 21 So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” ~ CSB
When I was growing up, my grandmother had our ‘everyday’ dishes for our daily meals. But when we had company she would pull out the ‘good dishes’. This would be a great impression on our ‘honorable guests’. This was sort of a way to present to others, who would visit, a taste of our best. That is what God does with us. When we are ready, He will present us as His best.
Some may look at the text and see, ‘wood and clay’ and automatically say, “That’s me…I’m just regular, nothing special. That is my place in the world.” This is not true. God made us all for a purpose. And in that purpose we all have a distinct separate value. This value is in place to ‘set us apart’ from what the world may consider valuable.
Birthed from a quote by Italian sculptor Michelangelo, there is a story out about a sculptor who was asked about his famous statue carved out of stone; “…The statue was always there, I just chipped away the unnecessary pieces.” This is God’s intent for you as you are going through that period in your life where you ‘wait’ on Him.
We often fall into grief, depression, sorrow and our patience is tested during our ‘waiting season’. Switch your perspective and use this time to ‘chip’ away all that is in you that is not of God. If you are claiming to be ‘wood and clay’ then chip away at what is not needed in you so that you will become more valuable than gold and silver.
Chip away at your anger, addictions, sadness, doubt, worry, fear, selfishness, grief, unforgiveness and anything of you that is ‘dishonorable’ and not of the Kingdom. When the time comes, God will present you to the world as the beautiful sculpture you have always been! He will set you apart and reveal you as His “…special instrument…” No longer will you be hidden behind all the unnecessary personal and physical traits that were keeping you falling short. You will be prepared for “…every good work…”
Prepare yourself for the special blessing God has just for you. It’s yours and no one else’s, but God will not give it to you until you are ready. So get ready, chip away, ‘purify’ yourself and become a valuable vessel for God and for the kingdom.
May God continue to allow His peace to surpass your thoughts and guard your heart and mind in Jesus name,
Authors Billy & Yolanda
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