Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled. 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) When you see the word therefore, you know Peter is pointing back to what he just said. Peter was saying that Christians are born again as the power of the risen Lord touches their lives. “Now,” Peter says,...
If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21
We can apply what we learn from the battles in the Old Testament to the many struggles we face as Christians with sin and temptation in our own lives.
Here’s the principle: If you want to do a great work for God, you must deal first with sins that remain embedded in your life.
Listen to these words of Paul to Timothy, a young Christian leader, in the above verse: Timothy, you want to be “a vessel for honorable use.” You want to be “useful to the master.” You want to be “ready for every good work.” Well then, here is what you must do: Cleanse yourself of all that dishonors God. “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2:22).
Here is a great motive for waging war against sin that remains in your life. Think what you could be for the Lord. Think what you might do. Think how he might use you if the sins that have gained power over you were driven out! Don’t let an impure heart put you on the sidelines of usefulness to God!
Any great work for God begins with a person who gets serious about the pursuit of holiness.
What sins are embedded in your life that you need to deal with?