How to be used by God for special purposes!
Special purposes vs Common use
2 Timothy 2:20 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. 21 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.
Special Purposes vs Common Use
Fancy Dinner | Plastic forks
Stick out | Overlooked
Carving Knife | Butter knife
God has given us the option and opportunity to determine our usefulness
This is not about a 🎤 or a title its about influence given in your call. When you have influence you can have impact and Godly impact is made only in your purpose.
How to avoid common use!
1. We often get it backwards! When we start to serve because of WHAT we can used for and not out of WHO we are used by we can easily slip into religion! You will never be used for a special purpose if you live a life of religion.
2. Another trap we can fall into is comparison. When we look at other peoples success or failures we take our eyes off what God has called us to do!
3. Lastly, copycatting. YOU. WERE. MADE. TO. DO. WHAT. ONLY. YOU. CAN. DO. (Say that 3 times) If we try to replicate someone else but never do what we were created for we create a cycle of common.
How to be used for special purposes!
1. Live holy!
When its holiness and intimacy from Love we are a useful tool for special purposes! We prepare ourselves by living Holy - Holiness is a fruit of LOVE for Christ not an obligation!
“If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15 NLT
David is an amazing example. He was used mightily by God because he was a man after Gods own heart! This placed him in a position of holiness not obligation! Holiness is love that is followed by obedience. (Acts 13:22)
2. Stay Focussed!
Its easy to get distracted but how often are the distractions actually beneficial? Paul said it like this to Timothy. "You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier." When we stay focussed we can be USED by God for special purposes.
Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
3. Be available!
Way too many people are way too busy! When God wants to use them... they are too busy. One of the best ways to be used by God is to make yourself available to Him! These works are already laid out for you!
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.