This is where God has had me for the last couple of weeks–thinking about what it means to be a clean and useful vessel for Him.
We all long to be useful, to finish this life having done something great. Maybe you are striving after certain achievements, trying to leave your mark on this world. I, too, long to be useful, to not just take up space but to get to the end and not have any regrets.
As a Christian though, I long more, to hear my Savior say, “well done my good and faithful servant.” It’s so easy to get off track, to be on an unknown path wandering aimlessly.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
God created us and He has prepared good works for us to do. That’s comforting while at the same time frustrating.
Lord, how do we get in line with You?!? How do we walk in these good works?
I found the answer in 2 Timothy:
2 Timothy 2:21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
An honorable vessel, set apart, holy and useful to the Master! Sounds wonderful doesn’t it!?!
How? By cleansing myself from what is dishonorable—from the sin that blocks my path.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 describes believers as the temple of God and Chapter 7, verse 1 goes on to say that since we have the promise of Him living in us “let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.”
Cleansing seems to be a theme! We have a need for His cleansing power over all of us and in every part of us—body and soul.
Why do we need to do this?
Romans 21:1 Therefore, I urge you brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Our lives, our bodies, are our sacrifice to God. I desire a clean spirit AND body because my God lives here—I am His temple.
I originally named my blog “Temple Cleaning” back in 2009 when I first started on this journey. Later I changed it, it confused people and required an explanation. But today, I feel called to go back to this theme. Being a clean temple is exactly where we need to be!
While I’ve focused a lot on the physical, I want to make sure I’m covering body, soul and spirit. And I for sure do not want to leave out my faith–because By His stripes we are healed! So any talk of health apart from the One who heals is missing something!
My prayer, and maybe yours too…
Lord, cleanse every part of me so that I will be a useful vessel. I am Your workmanship and I was created for good works. I lay my desires and passions at your feet so that I can walk in what You have called me to do.
Be on the lookout for more in 2016!
God bless and I pray you have a wonderful Christmas season with those you love!
3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”