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Posted: Sep 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |


Do you remember your mom having a set of fine china?   You know…..that set of dishes that get broken out only for special occasions.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, special birthdays or when the pope comes over for dinner seem to be the only acceptable time to use the dishes.  For the majority of the year, they sit in a cabinet or get shoved in a storage bin and stored in the attic.  Fine China is great for special occasions but let’s face the facts, paper plates are a whole lot easier.  You don’t have to be careful when you use them and the cleanup is very simple.  

I was reading a verse the other day that made me think of my life in comparison with that fine china that was only used during Christmas in the Baker house.  It’s found in II Timothy 2:21 and it says this: 

“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.” 

I don’t know about you, but the truth of that verse leapt off the page to me.  When it comes to being used by God, I don’t want to be a paper plate.  The fact that Paul compares keeping yourself pure with a special utensil for honorable use tells me that it doesn’t happen very often.  Purity today is about as common as the special Christmas china that is kept in the attic.  Most Christians seem to be willing to lead lives that are on the fence when it comes to morals.  We have become ok with just being average.  Here is the kicker.  I don’t want to be average.  I don’t want to be a paper plate.  Sure it’s easier.  Sure it’s less work.  But I don’t want to make it to the end of my life knowing that I was ok with taking the path of least resistance. 

If I want to be a special tool that God can use, I have to be a person that keeps himself pure.  Whenever a temptation comes my way, my prayer is that this thought will come racing back to my brain.  Do I want to be a special tool in the hands of God and remain pure or be an average, run of the mill Christian and remain status quo?  One of my greatest fears is getting to stand before Jesus at the end of my days and having Him say back to me…..”You could have been better.  If only you would have kept yourself pure, I could have used you to do things that would have blown your mind.” 

So what do you want to be?  Fine china or a paper plate?  Your choice. 

With Expectancy! 



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