What Will You Be Prepared to Do?

2 Timothy 2:21: “If a man cleanses himself from the latter [ignoble purposes], he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”

Anna sat before me in tears and said, “ I don’t think God wants to use me.”

I assured her that God wants to use all of us. I handed Anna my Bible and asked her to read 2 Timothy 2:21 aloud. She did.

I said her first step would be to cleanse herself from ignoble purposes. Afterwards God promised some glorious results. He would make her an instrument for noble purposes.

God also promised to make her holy. That meant to be separated from sin, to become more like Jesus Christ in character, and devoted to God. That could mean a struggle for her to choose between good and evil at home, at work, and everywhere else.

Anna stared at me and asked if I believed that verse. I told her I did and explained how God is working that verse in my life.

I asked Anna if she really wanted to be “useful to the Master.” She nodded and smiled.

I said God would prepare her to “do any good work.” Sometimes we have an idea of what that good work is, but God has a different one. With a laugh, I told her I thought I would speak to teenagers, but God wants me to speak to adults.

Have you asked God to make you useful to him?

Dear God, help me cleanse myself from ignoble purposes. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to cooperate with God to be holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work?

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