Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Choose Your Cupboard


We keep my grandmother’s leaded glass desert bowls in one cupboard and the kids Tupperware plates in another. We use the kid’s plastic plates almost every day. We use grandma’s heirlooms only on special occasions because, well, they are special.

Doesn’t seem fair does it? Some things come out of the factory beautiful, valuable and precious. Other things roll off the assembly line common, cheap and disposable. But, that’s life folks. Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Others are born with a plastic “spork” between their lips. But while a plate or a bowl has no ability to change to change it’s usability or substance, God has given us the opportunity to change our selves from plastic to fine china by the way we live our lives.

Here is that ancient expert of house wares, the Apostle Paul, in 2 Tim 2:20,21 “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.”

Want to be God’s “go-to” person for special use and extraordinary service? Want to go from being tossed in a drawer to sitting pretty in the china cabinet? Well then, keep yourself pure. Keep yourself clean. Be ready for every good work. Check your self for caked-on baked-on crud and scratch off those nasty bits with the thumbnail of confession and repentance.

We can’t change our height. We cannot change our age. But we can change our level of usability for God. We can determine what cupboard we are kept in, simply by keeping our lives free from sin and compromise. Want to be special in God’s kitchen? Keep yourself especially devoted to Him.

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