segunda-feira, 18 de fevereiro de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 53
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Vessels 2 Timothy 2:14-16, 2:19-21
2 Timothy 2:14–16 (NKJV) “Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.”
Meaningless arguments over political party affiliation, church doctrines, scientific theories, and multiple other subjects divide and hurt those arguing as well as those that are listening. However, in the above passage Paul is focusing on irrelevant theories in the church that will not lead people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Paul encourages Timothy to remind the church to stick to principles of faith and love, which leads away from iniquity and prepares them to be useful vessels in God’s kingdom.
2 Timothy 2:19–21 (NKJV) "Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work."
Paul continues his instructions by urging Christians to depart from iniquity (in this case foolish and ignorant disputes) which cause strife, and focus on becoming a vessel of honor that can be used by the Lord Jesus.
On the Narrow Path to Relationship with God, Holy Spirit will reveal strongholds of senseless arguments that are not based upon the solid foundation of Faith and Love and hinder you from becoming a golden vessel of honor. When He does, repent and ask Him to help you seal this area with the proper words of faith and love.
Do you want to be a vessel of honor that is useful to God? Stay on the Narrow Path to Relationship with God and you will be a vessel of honor.