20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 NIV
There is something so sweet about a soft gentle summer rain shower. The gentle pitter patter as rain drops hit against the window, light winds making music with the wind chimes and whistling through the tree branches. It is just a peaceful kind of blessing that seems to calm me from the inside out. The earth smells so fresh, it even makes the birds happy. A cleansing of sorts.
But when we talk about cleansing things in our lives we begin to act like it is a death not a life giving experience. Why? Because more times than not we do not really want to give up whatever that change is going to take. Until we do.... we will not find the wholeness in our lives that we seek. So... let's delve right back into this scripture bit by bit and see what it is God is trying to really show us.
20. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.
Gold and silver~ valuable, treasures for special uses
wood and clay ~ common use items,
At our fourth of July bash I didn't break out the china and tea cups (gold and silver) ~ we used paper plates and solo cups (wood and clay).
21. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
Cleanse themselves from the latter ~ (get rid of the things in our house that are for common use) this is NOT your physical house ... but your inner house. Is this an easy process? absolutely not. But by doing so we are given a promise of a blessing!!
will be instruments for special purposes made HOLY, useful to the Master (God Almighty) and prepared to do any good work.
Just as rain cleanses the earth ~ God wants us to be cleansed as well. This is going to take action on your part because you have to realize that there are things in our lives that we have to let go of. Expectations of others. Making those around us feeling responsible for the way we react or feel. Spending time and energy on things that are not fruitful.