Saturday, February 03, 2007

2 Timothy 2:19-22

Scripture:
19Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 22Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Insight:
Here’s the deal, Paul is very clearly stating the importance of sanctification; the need for “those who are his” to “turn away from wickedness”, pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace. We must get rid of the “ignoble” junk. It is non-negotiable if we are to be useful to God. We must cleanse ourselves, flee evil desires, and pursue righteousness. This takes effort. It takes a deep desire to live for God and not ourselves. Without Christ we couldn’t do these things. However, if we are in Christ we are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness. We have his grace that teaches us to say no to the ignoble. We have real victory, today, in Christ. I know I am his and I want to (must) be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work – for his glory. Therefore, out of love and obedience, in Christ and only by his grace, I will continue to battle my flesh and turn away from wickedness.

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