As I sit to write this devotional, I think of when I was new to the faith. I remember thinking, “After all Jesus did for me, all I want to do is serve Him.” I had given Him my heart, but I wanted to give Him more. After all, how could I ever repay such a price that had been given for me? The logical answer to me was to give Him my life. I became determined to serve Christ in whatever manner He could use me. I began to volunteer in my local church. If the doors were open, you could find me there. I did everything that was needed to be done, from cleaning, to serving as a “door monitor” in children’s church. Somehow I still wasn’t finding that fulfillment I read about in my Bible.
One day I came across a life changing Scripture, which was for me a true ‘aha’ moment. The passage was in 2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware; and some for honorable and noble [use], and some for menial and ignoble [use]. So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.
I had accepted Jesus into my heart, but I had not truly given him reign over my life. At that moment I prayed for God to show me everything in my life that was between Him and I. My greatest desire was to be used for noble purposes in service to the Most High. But my vessel was not yet gold, or silver. I was still a treasure in an earthen vessel.
God revealed to me some areas of my life that I needed to change, if I was to serve Him in the capacity that would bring that desired fulfillment. I made the necessary adjustments, and I offered my life in service to Jesus. It was not very long after that, when I began working in the ministry.
I like the way the King James Version of the Bible states 2 Timothy 2:21. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
I had made a conscious decision to align myself with the Word of God, and God honored that decision by placing me into the ministry.
I believe many of you are dealing with the same thing I was dealing with, not so long ago. That is, having a sincere desire to serve Him in a greater capacity, but not knowing how to accomplish it. If you will ask God to reveal to you anything that is between you and Him, He will do it. It might be something you are not even aware of, which is delaying your advancement. From the voice of experience, I encourage you to do it today. You will find no greater fulfillment of life and purpose than in serving Jesus.
by Rev Jeff Lowery
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