What would you rather drink from, a pretty goblet or a compost container? Paul is telling Timothy that Jesus can turn your life into something beautiful that blesses and attracts others back to HIM. It’s all in the presentation. I want to be a crystal goblet, something of value to Christ, someone that is crystal clear about who HE is so others may drink from it and find living water for their souls like I have found it for myself. So, I must keep it clean, without blemish or spots…Christ’s work in me! As grace was extended to me, I must be gracious to others!
“In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets–some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.” 2 Timothy 2, Msg
“Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness–faith, love, peace–joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights.”
“God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.” 2 Timothy 2, Msg
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to present Your gift of salvation as a blessing to others and not as a hindrance to their search to fill the emptiness in their souls. Cleanse us, make us holy before You. Then give us boldness with beautiful words that lift others up before you so they can choose You, love you and learn from You, too. We love You. Give us Your words when You give us opportunity to tell Your Story. Thank You. In Jesus Name, Amen.