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. 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’. Sort of a way to present to others, who would visit, a taste of our best. That is what God does with us. When He has deemed us ‘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 and his 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 us as we are going through that period in our lives where we ‘wait’ on Him.
We often fall into grief, depression, sorrow and our patience are tested during our ‘waiting season’. Switch our perspective and use this time to ‘chip’ away all that is in us that is not of God. If we claim to be ‘wood and clay’ then chip away at what is not needed in us so that we will become more valuable than gold and silver.
Chip away at our anger, addictions, sadness, doubt, worry, fear, selfishness, grief, unforgiveness and anything of us that is ‘dishonorable’ and not of the Kingdom. When the time comes, God will present us to the world as the beautiful sculpture we have always been! He will set us apart and reveal us as His “…special instrument…” No longer will we be hidden behind all the unnecessary personal and physical traits that were keeping us falling short. We 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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