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.–2 Timothy 2:21 NLT
Have you ever had guacamole prepared with a traditional Mexican mortar and pestle? That tool has to be properly conditioned by having the rough surface sanded smooth before it can be used.
Similarly, believers come to the Lord with rough surfaces, dotted with impurity-trap- ping voids that can potentially taint our ability to present a pure offering to God and spoil the attractiveness of the message of salvation. Therefore, God has to begin the process of conditioning our hearts for service in order to grind off our coarseness. That is, He uses difficulty in our lives to buff away our rough edges.
The encouragement to every believer is to persevere in offering yourself to Christ, knowing that God is using your difficult circumstances to mold you into a useful vessel, clean and ready for service.
- God, help me see purpose in the pain and trust You to prepare me for Your use.
- Jesus, I don’t like the sanding process, but I choose to believe You are doing wonderful things that I can’t see yet.