August 15, 2023

Taylor Abaroa
"In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:20-22 

In his last and final letter, Paul writes to Timothy with instructions of how to build his life and build God’s church. At some point in life or at many different points, we wonder about our purpose, our calling, the building of our life. I love the connection these verses make from “instruments for special purposes” and the next steps of getting there. I want to be used for God’s special purposes, and my hunch is you do too. God asks us to turn away from evil desires because He knows what is best for us. It’s not because following God is no fun or legalistic. It’s because it’s a relationship that offers us eternal life and a far greater purpose of life with Him.

Oftentimes, we are allured by temporary things to help cope, manage, and feel. However, when we surrender fully to God, He gives us the deepest fulfillment, hope, and peace. The bridge to get there is trust. We trust God, therefore, we surrender. We trust God, therefore, give over evil desires. We trust God, therefore, we pursue righteousness. We trust God, therefore, He creates within us a pure heart.