Container

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 328 - 2 Timothy 2:20-21 - Container - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 328 – 2 Timothy 2:20-21 – Container – Growing As Disciples

In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.  Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (MSG)  

Instrument

Do you want to be an instrument that is ready for my use? Do you want to be a container that I can use to bless the lives of others? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Do you want me to use you to draw others to me? Yes Lord, I want to be a container and instrument that is ready for your use. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want you to use me to lead others to you. That is very good.

What will prepare me for your use? How can I make sure that I a container and instrument you can use? Those are good questions that I will let you answer. I had a feeling you might ask me to answer my own questions. Why is that? You have already provided me the answers to those questions. Repeating back the answers to you will help them to become more deeply rooted in my heart and mind. That is correct. So, I am listening. To be a container and instrument you can use I must flee evil desires. I must leave my old life of sin behind. I must not allow myself to engage in sinful thoughts or words or actions that will render my life unusable to you. I must not think or speak or act according to the values and principles and practices of the world. I must resist temptation and fight against evil. I must throw off the dirty and stinky clothes of my old life. That is what I did when I gave my life to you. That is what happened when you became my Savior and Lord. I left my old life behind. Yes, you did and that is very good. What else? As I am fleeing my old life there is something I must also pursue. With just as much determination to flee the old life behind me, I must pursue the new life ahead, that you have given to me. Not only have you forgiven and cleansed me of my sins. But you have clothed me with a completely new life to live. Yes, that is true. I must put on my new life by living in a close and intimate relationship with you. I must listen attentively to you. I must follow you to where you lead me. I must do whatever you ask of me. I must allow you to use me for your purposes to fulfill your plans. Will this be difficult? Will it be a great burden for you to follow and serve me? No, it will not be difficult or a great burden to follow and serve you. Why is that? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Your love for me has filled me with desire to love you. It is now my desire to do what pleases you. I want to be a container and instrument in your hands. That is very good. Yet, you will have battles. You will come under attack. The world and all its evil will try to lure you back into your old life. Does this come as a surprise to you? No, it does not. What have you been given to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? What will strengthen you against every attack from the world and all its evil? You have given me your word. What will you do with my word? As I am fleeing my old life and pursing my new life in you, I will allow your word to do its work in me. I will meet daily with you in your word. That will be very good, then you will certainly be a container and instrument ready for my use. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I have turned away from sin and confessed you as my Savior and Lord. I have given all I am and hope to be to you. I want to be a container and instrument that is ready for your use. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Amen

Key Question… How has God’s word been preparing you and making you ready for His use?

Living It Out… Allow yourself to be a container and instrument to be used by God so you can bring honor and glory and praise to Him.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that God will use you as His container and instrument to bring glory to His name.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are determined to be a container ready for God’s use.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow yourself to be a container that God can use for His glory.

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A Special Utensil

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 284 - 2 Timothy 2:20-21 - A Special Utensil - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 284 – 2 Timothy 2:20-21 – A Special Utensil – Growing As Disciples

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.  If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.  2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NLT)

Ready To Use

Do you want to remain ready to be used? Do you want me to use you in my service? Will you keep yourself pure and ready as a special utensil that I can and will use? Yes, I want to remain ready to be used. Yes, I want to be used by you. Yes, I want to be a special utensil in your hand. You have answered me well. What must you do if you want to remain ready to be used as a special utensil in my hand? I must distance myself from tempting circumstances. I must not allow myself to be placed in compromising situations. I must run from evil when it approaches, not eventually, but immediately. I must never linger and allow myself to be allured and enticed and overcome by temptation. Where will you run, evil is all around you in the world? There is only one place that I can run. I will run to you. I will run away from evil and pursue you and the righteous life that you have for me. I will allow you to guard and protect me. As I draw near to you, evil will flee from me. That is true. That is right. That is sure. Will you never succumb to temptation? Will you never sin? I wish, but that certainly will not be the case. I will make mistakes. I will take missteps. I have and will sin against you. There will be times that I will think and say and do what is not pleasing to you. That is also true. What will you do when you do sin against me? I will confess my sin to you. I will not hide. I will not run away. I will not deny what is clearly the truth. What is the truth? I am a sinner in desperate need of your forgiveness and cleansing. The truth is, only you and you alone can make me pure and righteous and clean and holy. My holiness is nothing more than dirty rags. I cannot wash myself. I cannot purify myself. I cannot make myself ready for your use. Only as I confess my sins to you, am I made pure and clean and holy and ready for your use. It is your blood, that was shed on the cross, that washes away my sin and makes me pure and holy and ready for your use. That is correct. Will you confess your sins to me? Will you allow me to forgive and cleanse your unrighteousness? Will you allow me to make you ready to be used? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good.

Lord, it is my desire to be pure and ready for your use. I will run from evil so that I can pursue you and the life you have for me. I will fully devote myself to loving and following and serving you. Make me ready for your use, use me in your service for your glory. Amen

Key Question…  How has the Lord used you as special utensil to accomplishes His purposes?

Living It Out…  Keep yourself pure so that you will be ready for the Lord to use.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that keeping yourself pure will make you ready for the Lord to use.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how keeping yourself pure has made you ready for the Lord to use.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you keep yourself pure so you can be a special utensil for the Lord’s use.

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Promises – Day 284 – 2 Timothy 2-20-21 – A Special Utensil – 4 Page Discipleship STudy Guide

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An Instrument

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - 2 Timothy 2:20-21 - An Instrument - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – 2 Timothy 2:20-21 – An Instrument – Growing As Disciples

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV)

In Tune

Do you want to be a tool in my hand? Do you want to be a useful instrument that I can use? Do you want to be in tune and prepared and ready to do all the good works that I have prepared for you to do for me? Yes, I want to be used by you. I want to be a tool and instrument that you can use. Nothing would delight me more than to know that I am fulfilling your purposes and accomplishing your plans. I want to go and do all that you ask of me. How can I be in tune and prepared and ready to do the good works that you have prepared for me to do for you? How can I be an instrument in your hand? Those are very good questions.

I will make you ready to serve me. Follow me and I will prepare you. Follow me and I will teach you. Follow me and I will train you. Will you follow me to where I lead you to do all that I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will follow you. As you follow me what will you also being doing? I’m not sure what you mean. As you follow me, what will you be leaving behind? I will put off my old life and leave it behind as I move forward with you. I will receive your forgiveness and cleansing of all my sin.  I will no longer allow myself to become entangled in all the values, patterns and practices of the world. I will allow you to change my heart and transform my mind. I will think your thoughts. I will begin to know and do your will. Yes, you will. What else? I will put on the new life that you have given to me live. I will walk in your ways as I follow you. I will go and do your will. That’s right. 

So, answer your own question. How can I be an instrument in your hand? That’s it. I can be an instrument in your hand as I put off my old life, am renewed in my mind, and put on my new life. Then I will always be in tune and prepared and ready for your use. Yes, you will. With your help, this is what I will keep on doing as I love, follow and serve you. That will be very good.

Lord, help me to be in tune with you. Remove anything from my life that causes me to be out of tune with you. Make me ready for use as your instrument in the world. Use my life to do good works that bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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Be – 2 Timothy 2-20-21 – An Instrument – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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