Prepare the way! God is wanting to move in powerful ways in your family, church and nation. He is calling us to live a life of purity and holiness. As we live this way we will see more miracles, signs and wonders! Let’s prepare the way for greater things to happen in our lives and the lives of others!
Before reading this blog let me suggest that you read my last one entitled, Success Has 3 Disciplines where I talked about the importance of pursuing purity, sanctification and holiness. I realize that these aren’t popular topics today. Many Church-goers want to avoid these subjects all together. It’s quite sad to see how things are going that way.
There are people who want revival, but only if they don’t have to change. Obviously, this won’t work. We can’t have true revival without change. Revival needs to start in our hearts where we long for more of God! Once revival beings in us, we can prepare the way for others to receive it as well.
Do we really allow God to work in our heart? Sometimes I think we are too scared to allow Him to do the perfect work that He needs to do. We can say we want change, but as the old saying goes, “change isn’t change until it’s changed”. It’s not what we want that matters but what we do. The Bible calls this “bearing fruit” (John 15)
As Christians our desire should be to shine brighter everyday. (Proverbs 4:18) I want to allow God to do what He wants and needs to do in me. Sometimes it hurts, and we need to kill our pride, but it’s always worth it in the end.
“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him, for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as sons: for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
God treats us as sons. Sometimes we need correction. Many misinterpret this portion of Scripture to mean that God puts sickness and disease on us to chastise us. This, however, isn’t true. God will correct us to get us back on the right track. Punishment from a good father was never meant to hurt the child, but rather bring healing and help him to get back to or prepare him for a place of obedience.
Could the things that are happening in your life right now actually be God trying to get your attention back on Him? Are there areas in your life where you aren’t exactly obedient? God isn’t a mean taskmaster that makes us do everything He says, rather He knows what’s best for us. As we obey Him out of love we become closer to Him, which brings the fulfillment that we need in our lives.
PREPARE YOURSELF FOR EVERY GOOD WORK
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:20, 21
These verses show us that we can all be vessels. When we give our lives to Jesus He can use us. Although He wants us to be completely useful. As we purify ourselves we prepare ourselves for God’s best. He can always use you, but He wants you to be ready for every good work.
Let’s not just be a regular plate or fork that can be used in any normal occasion. Purify yourself and allow God to cleanse you and make you useful to the Master. When there’s something special that He wants to do, He will call you! He has things that He can only trust to those who are obedient to Him. Imagine if He needed to look for someone. Would you be someone that God would look to? Have you been faithful? Have you allowed God to purify you in every area?
Notice in the next verse Paul tells Timothy once again 2 of the 3 disciplines that I spoke of in my last blog:
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22
Once again, if we are going to be useful for the Master we need to intentionally flee sin and then pursue the things that are Godly. We can’t just flee from sin. We must seek all that God has for us. God is coming back for a holy church (Ephesians 5:27).
Allow God to do His perfect work in you. Seek holiness, righteousness and purity. God is wanting to do so much more through His church. He’s waiting for us. Let Him cleanse the areas where you need cleansing. Be ready to be useful for the Master!