So, I just go through the motions of wanting to be a crystal goblet, but my heart is on being a trashcan," my young friend admitted. "What can I do?"
"You have to have a heart transplant. You need a new heart that wants to be a crystal goblet."
"In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work" (II Timothy 2:20-21 NIV).
How do these verses relate to crystal vases and garbage cans?
Toilets and trash cans are necessary to have in a house. Otherwise, where would all the waste go?
But, imagine if I had you over for dinner and served spaghetti sauce in my bathroom waste basket.
Yuck! You probably wouldn't want to eat.
A house needs plates, cups, chairs, and blankets too.
Then there are things that are only used for the very special occasions that happen
The antique china serving bowl will hold fruit salad for a birthday dinner.
My delicate teapot will be on display at the St. Valentine's Day Tea.
Some things are ignoble, while other things are used for noble purposes.
When we worship, we are interacting with the holiness and glory of God. Worship is a noble purpose. Those who are involved in leading worship must make the choice to be an instrument made of gold and silver used for noble purposes.
When we make the choice to be set apart, it affects our decisions and our desires. We resolve to NOT defile ourselves. We resolve to grow in holiness. We pursue Jesus above all things!
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)