Become A Special Instrument in the Hands of God
If anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 CSB
Who do you admire? Who do you want to emulate? Do you think of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates or Warren Buffet as captivating people who have strong leadership skills and inspire thousands of people every day? I wonder if we paused for a moment to ask why they get up and do what they do every day, what we would learn. Do they do it for themselves, for their own personal satisfaction and accomplishment, or do they do it for the glory of our God?
There is no end to the good we can do, to the influence we can have with others. Let us not dwell on the critical or the negative. Let us pray for strength; let us pray for capacity and desire to assist others. Let us radiate the light of the gospel at all times and all places, that the Spirit of the Redeemer may radiate from us. In the words of the Lord to Joshua … , ‘be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God [will be] with thee whithersoever thou goest’ (Joshua 1:9)”
A person does not need to have a Church calling, an invitation to help someone, or even good health to become an instrument in God’s hands.The Bible makes it clear that God has a plan for each life, and He wants to use us to accomplish His purposes. At the same time, as Paul expressed to Timothy, some are “special instruments,” particularly prepared and “useful to the Master.” What makes these people so special? The distinguishing feature is a deeper level of personal commitment, not being passive but proactive by evaluating our choices and priorities and how we spend our time and resources. Do what is necessary to be available for God and more sensitive to His leading.
Be more committed to His Word. We demonstrate this commitment by purifying ourselves, making a conscious decision to cleanse our minds and hearts, and eliminating “anything dishonorable.” No one magically becomes a special vessel. This requires preparation. Paul talked about being cleansed. He described how we have choices regarding the ideas we think about, the things we do, and the words we speak. If we want to be vessels prepared for every good work, we will cleanse ourselves. We will make every effort to do and say things that are pleasing to God, avoid the wrong people and situations, monitor our words, always seek to honor God, and be serious about the faith. Today, seek to do your part in the decisions you make and the things you do.
Demonstrate that you want to be one of God’s instruments.