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Useful to the Master

“Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of the Lord abstain from wickedness.’ Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work” (II Timothy 2:19-21)


When I was a child, I will never forget the first time that I was invited into a job that my Father was doing and allowed to help. The thrill was overwhelming. I was contributing, I was of use to my Father for that job on that day. I remember how my heart swelled as I announced to my Mother, “I helped!” There have been times that I have walked into the kitchen at my house and standing on chairs up against the counter were flour-covered grandchildren announcing with glee in their faces and voices, “We’re helping Grandma make cookies!”


As wonderful and marvelous as it is for a child to be invited into the projects of an adult, I have found something even more astounding, that the Creator of the cosmos has invited you and me into His labors, seeing us as, “Useful to the Master!”


God created you with purpose and intent. He created you to play an intricate part in His “heilsgeschichte” His salvation story. Think about it, there is a part that has been written into the script of history that you and you alone can fulfill. No one can play the part that was written for you. God created you and has gifted you to be “useful” to Him and His redemptive plan. There is one thing that is necessary, to be used of God, you must be useable.


The fact of the matter is, there are many Christians who are not useable. They have defined the perimeters in which God can use them, “Oh, I’m willing to do this, but don’t ask me to do that.” All too many Christians never realize the part in God’s script that was written for them because they call the shots in their life, not Him. “Dear Lord, I would love to be used by You, here are the days and hours that I am available. If you can work Your call into my schedule, I’m Yours.”


Many think, “Well, if I were just in another location, there I could be used of God.” Want to know a little secret? God cannot use you where you are not. But He can use you where you are, and He wants to begin using you today. You are a valuable asset to God and to the work of His kingdom. God has not saved you to be an ornament in His church, He has saved you that you might be “useful to the Master.” To be useful to the Master will mean that He has permission to interrupt your agenda with His at any time. To understand that His call for you today might be a menial task that no one but He will recognize. He will upset your apple cart of your carefully ordered life, but in the process, He’ll fill your life with joy and sense of purpose and you will find yourself squealing like my flour-covered grandchildren, “God let me help!”


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