2 Timothy 2:21 (ESV)
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.
Are we useful to the Master?
Is our life open and willing to do the Master's will?
In today's world it is easy to get distracted and move away from what our Master wants for our life. We have our own ideas of what career path we want to follow, how we want to appear to other people, and in doing so live a life that may hide who we really are and who God want us to be.
It can be incredibly difficult to be ourselves, to be who God made us to be. We may hide our true colours because it has caused us pain in the past. Naturally we want to protect ourselves from being hurt again. The movement away from dishonoring God's creation and accepting His true version of us as He saw us before we were born, is a journey of courage, self acceptance, and freedom. It will strip away the layers and make us holy and ready for every good work.
God made us all for a purpose. It is our duty as followers of Christ to find out what that purpose is. Only then can we be a vessel for honorable use. The clutter that we have filled our temples with can only be thrown out through the power of the Holy Spirit as it is only He who can delve into the secrets of our hidden rooms and bring healing and peace to us and ultimately make us holy.
We must all want to be useful to the Master. He is our creator, and as a writer plans out his/her story, so the Master has planned out our own unique page turner. We are hero's and heroine's who have an important role to play in this world. When we follow our own story line and disregard the Master's plot we move away from the glorious future that God has for us. Each moment or step that we take away from God's design for us takes us away from holiness and our own special calling.
God made us right down to the colour of our hair. He did not make a mistake when he formed us. Every little detail was thought out carefully so that it could be used for His honour and glory.
So do we rejoice at the way we look or do we hide it? Do we celebrate our differences or do we reject them? Do we thank God for his vision of us or do we shrink away unhappy with what we see in the mirror?
If we do then we dishonor His creation. In our rejection of ourselves we open the door to other grievances. We ask God why did he do this, or why did he do that? We look at the physical instead of the spiritual. We block the path of the Master who already sees us as perfect.
Therefore before we can become useful to the Master we need healing. To be set free of our perception of what is beautiful and to see through the eyes of the greatest Potter who formed us.
When we are cleansed of our judgement which has been molded by the world and its hurts, we can move into the Love of the Father who can then restore us and use us for His works.
His beauty will then shine through us and there is nothing more beautiful than the Love of Christ expressing itself through one of His creations.
So my prayer today is that we embrace who we are in our naked form with no adornments or alterations. That we empty ourselves completely and desire only to be filled up with God's perception of who we are. That we relinquish our dishonorable, misguided and self filled goals and ask God what His plan is for our life, so that we can be honorable and useful to the Master.
And lastly, that we celebrate the person that God made, because in his making of us he carefully chose the colours and tones to make YOU. Be proud of who God made.
God bless you all.