And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NIV)
Do you want to have abundant opportunities to minister to others? Do you want to bear fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Do you want to shine as a bright witness for me in the world? Do you want to be used by me? Do you want to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans? Who would say no to any one of your questions? You would be surprised at how many are unwilling to do what is necessary to be able to say an emphatic and resounding yes to my questions. Many will say yes in their minds and no in their hearts to the questions that I have asked of you. What does that mean? What must I do to say an emphatic and resounding yes to your questions? How can I answer your questions with a yes in both my mind and heart? Those are very good questions.
Let me ask you some more questions. I’m listening. What will hinder your ability to be used by me? What will open doors of opportunity for you to be used by me? If I love like you loved I will be used by you. If others can see your life being lived in and through me doors of ministry will be opened to me. That’s right. If I fail to live like you lived then that will hinder my ability to be used by you. What might that look like? If I was unkind, no one would want to give me the time of day. If I was harsh, no one would have any desire to listen to me. If I was filled with pride and full of resentment, others would make every effort to stay far away from me. That’s right.
Now do you know what it will require of you to say an emphatic and resounding yes in your heart and mind to my questions? I think so. Let me hear your answer. If I really want to be used by you, I will need to take on the form of a servant. Life will need to cease to be all about me. I will need to set aside my privileges and rights. In doing so, I will give of myself to others. I will love like you loved. I will give like you gave. I will do what you did. I will be loving and kind and gentle. I will make it my purpose, plan and goal to win others over to you. I will allow you to use my life to help others escape the devil’s grasp. That will be very good. Then you will be saying an emphatic and resounding yes to me. Then I will use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name.
Lord, I know that being quarrelsome will make me an ineffective and unfruitful witness for you in the world. Instead of quarreling I will treat everyone with your gentleness, kindness, mercy and love. Help me to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom and glory. Amen
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