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2 Timothy 2:21

"If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work"

Many Christians desire that God will use them to advance his Kingdom. They pray for his leading and hope that he will show them their calling. If this is your desire as well, there may be a way for you to jumpstart your service. Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:21 that if he lives a godly life, God will be more likely to use him for ministry. In other words, if we want to be a tool used by God, it would be best for us to be a tool ready to perform the job.

Just as a dentist would not use a dirty probe or explorer, God is looking for servants who are spiritually ready and prepared for the work he has for them. This means that after submitting to Christ Jesus as Lord, our next responsibility is to live a life that pleases him. As Titus 2:11-12 indicates, we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. And if we reject the culture of selfishness that we live within, we will be better able to know God's will for our lives (Romans 12:2).

So, if you really desire for God to use you to advance his mission, take a moment today and examine your life. What is it that you need to confess to God? Bring your sins before him and ask for forgiveness. Then ask God to help you pursue a life of holiness so that you might be a clean utensil, ready to be used by the Master.

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Wix media)

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