What's Stopping us ?
I think we sometimes forget all the promises that God has for those who diligently serve Him and therefore we don't serve Him with a grateful heart.
There world continues to portray that it has something to offer. And frequently many who started out well to serve the Lord get distracted and side tracked.
We frequently hear that we all will reap what we sow. We often frequently think of sin in our lives and its consequences. We also can reap benefits of serving God faithfully, some of these promises are,
God has given a second chance at life, we were living under the rule of sin in our lives and God has now set us free (Colossians 1:13). Let us use our energy and strength to glorify Him. (1 Cor 10:31, Rom 12:1,2)
In 2 Timothy 2:20 we read that there are many kinds of vessels in a large house, some of them are made of costly materials like gold and silver and others of wood and clay. Each vessel in the house has its purpose. Some of the vessels are honorable and some are not. If we take for example a gold cup or a crystal glass would be considered one of the precious vessels in the house and then again we would have some plastics spoons and cups that are necessary but not as important.
Similarly in God's house, we are God's vessels (2 Cor. 4:7, 2 Tim. 2:21). Each one of us has a specific task (1 Cor 12:18). God does mention that among the vessels there are some that are more honorable that others. God doesn't tell us that every vessel is the same and has the same purpose, but clearly mentions that each vessel can either be vessel unto honor or dishonor.
In 2 Tim 2:21, we see how we can determine which kind of vessel we want to be for the Lord. "If any man purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor". We read that 2 Tim 2:19 that we have purge ourselves (depart from) our sins(iniquities). God also promises that these vessels would santified (made holy) and would be ready for God's use and for every good work.
Let us therefore purpose in our hearts to seek flee from sin (2 Tim 2:22). It doesn't matter how it's been in the past. The awesome hope we have in Christ is we can turn back to Him. (Luke 15:20). If we have sinned let us confess our sins (I John 1:9) to God and turn from them (Pro 28:13). Let us not compromise with this world. We will then be more effective tools in the hand of God.
"If I seek to please men I can not be a servant of God" |