If Christmas dishes could talk, I wonder what they’d say? What’s life like being packed away in a cardboard box and used only a few hours each year? Does all the compliments from the guests – “That’s a beautiful place setting!” “Your dishes are so festive!” “Your decorating is so exquisite!” make the nearly twelve month wait worthwhile?
In 2 Timothy 2:20,21 Paul reminds Timothy of the variety of articles which serve various purposes in a household. He must have been thinking of the higher classes, the nobles, the wealthier citizens of Ephesus whose homes might have objects of gold, silver, wood and clay. Each object had a purpose, some lofty, others more ordinary.
“In 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.”
Paul set the table for Timothy and then in the following verse pressed home the application. After explaining truth, a good preacher/teacher presses a response since the goal of biblical instruction is TRANSFORMATION not INFORMATION. So Timothy, “If 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.”
Aim to be different! Serve God’s highest purposes, Timothy, and don’t use any part of your life for baser causes. Ask God to ‘Take your life and let it be, Consecrated Lord to Thee..’ Ask God to show you your purpose for living. Pursue holiness, and ask the Master how you as His servant might do His will. Get ready to do any good work God prompts you to each day.
I’m not sure if you make New Year’s resolution, but how about the following?
#1 I aim to live a cleansed life.
#2 I aim to live a purposeful life.
#3 I aim to live a consecrated life.
If Jesus Christ is my Master, then I am His servant. May 2017 be a year of serving Him in any good work He prompts me to do. Care to join me?