If anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 CSB
The Bible makes it clear that God has a plan for each life, and He wants to use us to accomplish His purposes. At the same time, as Paul expressed to Timothy, some are “special instruments,” particularly prepared and “useful to the Master.” What makes these people so special?
The distinguishing feature is a deeper level of personal commitment, not being passive but proactive by evaluating our choices and priorities and how we spend our time and resources. Do what is necessary to be available for God and more sensitive to His leading. Be more committed to His Word.
We demonstrate this commitment by purifying ourselves, making a conscious decision to cleanse our minds and hearts, and eliminating “anything dishonorable.”
No one magically becomes a special vessel. This requires preparation. Paul talked about being cleansed. He described how we have choices regarding the ideas we think about, the things we do, and the words we speak.
If we want to be vessels prepared for every good work, we will cleanse ourselves. We will make every effort to do and say things that are pleasing to God, avoid the wrong people and situations, monitor our words, always seek to honor God, and be serious about the faith.
Today, seek to do your part in the decisions you make and the things you do. Demonstrate that you want to be one of God’s special instruments.
The axe at the root—a testimony against idolatry
By: Charles Spurgeon
‘But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.’ John 4:23–24
Suggested Further Reading: Philippians 3:1–8
Let me give a sketch of this worship as it actually exhibits itself. A man may have been to a place of worship from his youth up, and he may have fallen into a habit of repeating a sacred form every morning and every evening; he may even have been a tolerably diligent reader of the Word of God, and yet though this may have continued for sixty years and more, he may never once have worshipped God after the fashion prescribed in the text. But see him! The Father seeks him, truth comes home to his soul, and in the light of that truth he feels himself a sinner, and feeling himself so, he cries, ‘Father, I have sinned.’ That is his first true worship. See, brethren, his spirit feels it, he means what he says. All that he said before was as nothing, but that first cry ‘I have sinned’ has in it the vitality of worship. He hears the story of the cross, the full atonement made by God’s appointed sacrifice, and he prays, ‘Lord, I believe in Jesus, and I trust him;’ here is another specimen of true worship; here is the spirit resting upon God’s appointed sacrifice, and reverencing God’s way of salvation by accepting it. Being saved by the precious blood of Jesus, he cries, ‘Father, I bless thee that I am saved, I thank thee that my sins are washed away.’ This is true worship. The whole of the Christian’s life, consisting as it must do of dealings with the invisible God through Jesus Christ by his heart, is a life of worship, and when at last he comes to die, you perceive that his worship will not cease with death, because it has always been spiritual, and did not depend upon the body.
The power of the Holy Spirit
By: Charles Spurgeon
“The power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13
Suggested Further Reading: Acts 2:1-21
In a few more years—I know not when, I know not how—the Holy Spirit will be poured out in a far different style from the present. There are diversities of operations; and during the last few years it has been the case that the diversified operations have consisted in very little pouring out of the Spirit. Ministers have gone on in dull routine, continually preaching—preaching—preaching, and little good has been done. I do hope that perhaps a fresh era has dawned upon us, and that there is a better pouring out of the Spirit even now. For the hour is coming, and it may be even now is, when the Holy Spirit shall be poured out again in such a wonderful manner that many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased—the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the surface of the great deep; when his kingdom shall come, and his will shall be done on earth even as it is in heaven. We are not going to be dragging on for ever like Pharaoh with the wheels off his chariot. My heart exults and my eyes flash with the thought that very likely I shall live to see the out-pouring of the Spirit; when “the sons and the daughters of God again shall prophecy, and the young men shall see visions, and the old men shall dream dreams.” Perhaps there shall be no miraculous gifts—for they will not be required; but yet there shall be such a miraculous amount of holiness, such an extraordinary fervour of prayer, such a real communion with God and so much vital religion, and such a spread of the doctrines of the cross, that everyone will see that verily the Spirit is poured out like water, and the rains are descending from above. For that let us pray: let us continually labour for it, and seek it of God.