MONDAY 13TH JANUARY, 2020
THEME: BE A PLEASING VESSEL
PASSAGE: 2 TIMOTHY 2:13-26
HYMN: MHB 504- Leave God to order all thy ways
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Timothy 2:10 “So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.”
Paul in 2 Timothy 2, mentored us with three vivid images on serving God. He wanted us to see ourselves as soldiers, willing to live disciplined lives, willing to suffer as we serve with our ultimate allegiance being only to Jesus Christ.
He also wanted us to see ourselves as athletes, who keep themselves in daily spiritual condition, realizing that they are running a long-distance race until that day, that we will step into the presence of Jesus Christ to receive our crown of glory.
He similarly called us to see ourselves as farmers, who know there will be good years and bad years. But we faithfully use our spiritual gifts along with all the rest of the resources the Lord gives to us so that ultimately, we can participate in His harvest.
It is absolutely necessary for one who hopes to please God and to be acceptable and pure, not to pursue a relaxed, slippery and dissolute life; but a laborious life, groaning with much toil and sweat. For no one is crowned, Paul says, “unless he competes according to the rules.”
We must avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. We must also do our best to present ourselves to God as one approved by Him, a Christian who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth. Avoid profane chatter, for it will lead people into more impiety.
Let us ask ourselves, these three questions; Am I an unashamed worker? Am I a clean vessel? Am I a gentle servant of God? Let us all reflect on these questions. May we always be pleasing vessels to Him till eternity. Amen
PRAYER: Dear Lord God, make me a Pleasing Vessel to You in Jesus’ name.