BY GARY GLEASON
OREGON DISTRICT SUPERINTEDNENT
Paul wrote in II Timothy 2:21 about being “meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
Many blessings come to us when we put ourselves in a place to be used of God. Remember, we are clay in the potter’s hand. It is our business to be willing. It is His business to work the clay and prepare us for service. Only those willing to be prepared can be used.
– PUT GOD FIRST… Everything else must come behind our love for and dedication to God. Jesus said “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). When He is first all the rest falls in place.
PAY A PRICE… Paul talks about being a soldier in our living for God. Good soldiers, successful soldiers, endure hardness and give up their entanglements with the world.
– LOVE THE WORD AND PRAYER… Jeremiah said, “Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.” God can use a person who stays close to Him. When prayer is as much a part of our lives as breathing, we will be able to develop the relationship with God necessary for service.
– BE A SERVANT… Matthew 20:28 must be used as our example where Jesus said, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
– PUT OUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD RATHER THAN FLESH… Paul said, “that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.” Our attitude must be, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
– BE UNIFIED… Unity is a major theme of the Bible and God cannot use those who separate themselves from the body of Christ. Let us hold up the hands of one another as we fight the good fight of faith in these last days.
– LETA LOVE FOR SOULS BE OUR MOTIVATING FORCE… Jesus prayed for a blind man who said he saw men as trees walking. Men are not inanimate objects but are eternal souls for whom Christ died. We need to see them as such. God can use those who have an intense burden for the lost.
-PRACTICE FORGIVENESS AND REFUSE A ROOT OF BITTERNESS… The writer of Hebrews warned us, ” Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” I for one do not want to be destroyed by a root of bitterness. By choice of our own will, we can refuse to allow bitterness grow in our hearts.
-COME OUT FROM THE WORLD AND BE SEPARATE… As we cleanse ourselves from the world we become that vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work!
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