USE SOAP THIS TIME! – 2 Timothy 2:20-22

2 Timothy 2:20-22 – 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. 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. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

I remember as a child coming in dirty from a hard day of playing outside. My mother would tell me to go wash up. I begrudgingly would go to the bathroom, turn on the water and play. After several minutes I would hear her yell, “turn off that water!” Then I would wipe my dirty, wet hands on mom’s clean towel making it a dirty mess (I would pay for this later when she saw that mess).

Then I would trudge out to the kitchen and show my hands to my mother’s scrutinizing gaze. Upon inspecting my hand, my mother would shake her head and say, “Go do it again…and use soap this time!”

2 Timothy 2:21 says that we should cleanse ourselves from worldly things. But just like washing our hands we can’t do it alone. Our super soap is Jesus Christ whose blood cleanses or purifies us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). Once cleansed of these ignoble things we are “made useful for God and prepared for every good work”.

Unfortunately in our spiritual walk many of us try to cleanse ourselves without using the soap of Jesus Christ. Don’t you know that you cannot get clean without Him? And we wonder why God doesn’t use us or that we still feel dirty even after going to church.

In our weight-loss journey we can see that our houses also have things that are used for noble purposes and ignoble. I can go in my pantry and find several items that very good tasting but are not good for me. It all comes to choices.

At a recent meeting one of the ladies was complaining because she was following the plan but wasn’t losing weight. The plan counts calories, fat, and fiber and so everything can be eaten as long as you count it and stay under the prescribed limits. Upon closer examination this woman had been eating a lot of bread products. She was sacrificing the good things she should have been eating for extra bread and rolls. “Man cannot live on bread alone…(Deut. 8:3, Matt. 4:4)”

We need to watch out for those ignoble things in our houses that can trip up our weight-loss journey. Yes, all things are permissible but not all things are good for you (1 Cor. 6:12).

And when we do mess up we need to recognize what we have done, seek God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves, and avoid that in the future.

Dear Lord, Help me to make the right choices and clean up the messes in my spiritual and physical life. In Jesus’ name, Amen

I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is fourteen days. ~Totie Fields

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