GOD STILL SEEKS CONSECRATION
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
2 Timothy 2:20-21
Never before has there been such a necessity to stress the need for consecration! I believe it is one of the big disciplines of our Christian faith that’s gradually being eroded in this generation.
Unfortunately God demanded it and still demands it much more today.
You see, there’s a difference between the instantaneous work of sanctification that the Holy Spirit did in our hearts at the new birth and the ongoing work of sanctification that He continues to effect within us on a day to day basis.
That Instantaneous first work of Sanctification brought us into right standing with God. By this work of the Spirit, we became New Creatures. Gods nature – His righteousness was imparted into our hearts.
By becoming partakers of the divine nature, we entered a vital, living fellowship with God as father and we as His children.
There’s however a second work of sanctification which is gradual and ongoing. It is effected by the Holy Spirit but happens only by your invitation and desire. The way He does this is through the ministry of the Word. This was what Jesus meant in John 17:17 when He said “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
This ongoing sanctification is what we otherwise call Consecration. It is a requirement for service. We have a relationship with God that’s unaffected by anything we do. He remains our Father! But we can only be used of God to the extent of our consecration.
Consecration determines how much of value a man is to the Kingdom.
The Apostle Paul exhorting his protege, Pastor Timothy, described Gods kingdom as a great house with many vessels. What you’re made of really doesn’t matter.
What matters is if a man purges himself. Then and only then will he be ready to be used of the master. Note these two things:
The responsibility to purge is with the vessel not the master
Purging isn’t what makes him a vessel. It only determines how useful he is as a vessel.
Whether you take your consecration serious or not doesn’t change the fact that you’re a vessel but alas, God can only use ‘purged vessels’.
What do you need to purge yourself of today? Friends, places, internet sites, excessive social media usage etc
Purge yourself dear friend and be ready for the Master’s use! For the Master hath need of thee…
Dear Heavenly Father, i thank you for the ongoing work of sanctification that is at work in me. I consciously take steps today, to purge myself of anything that does easily beset, as i make myself fit for the masters’ use. Thank you dear Holy Spirit, for i am a purged vessel; a vessel unto honor, to be used unto good works, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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