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Honorable or Dishonorable, 2 Timothy 2:21, October 23, 2016

Therefore,  if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,  he will be a vessel for honorable use,  set apart as holy,  useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.  2 Timothy  2:21 ESV
     In the scheme of life would you wish to be a person of honor or dishonor?   In asking this question the assumption  is that there are those who are honorable and those who are not.  To whom are they honorable and to what cause?  In  a marriage it would be to one’s wife.  In one’s work it would be to the employer.  If it were to a benefit to help others, it would be to that cause.  Be assured in every venue of life that there are those who are honorable and those who are not.  So the question begs to be answered what type person would you wish to be?  
First, identify the cause and person to whom honor is due.  The cause is to make disciples and teach them in the way Jesus taught us to live.  The person is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to whom honor is due.
Second, take responsibility  for your life.  While God is the one who sanctifies us, there is still personal responsibility in this process.  Let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely.  Hebrews 12: 1 ESV……   Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel.  Proverbs 25:4 ESV                                                            
Third,  Be useful in the Master’s hand to accomplish His good works.  Become a living tool in His hand with eternal purpose.  The honor of being used by God for His purpose would be greater than any thing else in life.  If you realize  this is not the desire of your heart, pray and cry out for mercy asking to be made a vessel of honor.  Ask God to accomplish this sanctifying /setting apart process in your life, so you will be useful in an honorable way: for every good work.        
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David
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