A Clean Vessel
2 Timothy 2:21 (AMP) Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
God has designed us all to be used for a special purpose in life. We have all been set apart and made different from everyone else, I believe this is why we can often struggle to feel like we "fit in" because we are designed to be different. God has gifted us all with different talents and abilities which means we all need one another. We are to work together and create a beautiful mosaic that was specifically designed by our Heavenly Father. We are all important parts of the body of Christ and without one we are hurting. Just as our body has many parts, with a missing part, the rest of the body has to work harder to perform functions that it wasn't created to do.
To be used by God in our own unique way, we must become clean vessels for Him. We do this simply by getting rid of the junk in our lives. Things that aren't pleasing to Him. If you are questioning if something is right or wrong, ask yourself if your actions would be ones that make God proud and please Him. The same works with our earthly parents; we know if our actions are honoring or dishonoring them without question. Nothing this world has to offer us is worth losing our opportunity to be used by God. Serving Him is what will bring us true joy, peace and happiness. Working with a mind set on eternity is much different than seeking earthly rewards. Whatever we earn here, stays here!
Let's do our best each day to be a clean vessel for God. If you are struggling with something that you know isn't honorable, let God know you are ready to get rid of it and He will give you the strength you need to get through it. But only if you make the decision to change your ways first. He will not force you to do anything. Take this one life you've been given and give it back to God and watch how He will use you to bless others and play a vital role in the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT) Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NLT) But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”