Are you an “Approved Worker”?
August 8, 2017 2 Timothy 2: 15-21 Are you a hard worker? Do you struggle to stay focused while on the job? Have you ever gone on Facebook, or “went shopping” online while on work hours? Are late to work or appointments? Are you giving your employer 100% of yourself? The things above you know in your heart would be wrong to do as you know while on your bosses time is work time and not your own. As I read this scripture today and am looking at my work in ministry, I asked myself a question. Am I an Approved Worker for our Lord Jesus Christ! If we are honest, whether you work outside the home for an earthly boss, or are a stay at home worker, we ultimately work for Jesus if we call ourselves believers in Jesus Christ. What we do every day is ministry! If we are a stay at home mom or dads, work outside the home, volunteer our time, all is “working for Jesus,” our ultimate BOSS. I have to always make sure I begin my day with prayer, seeking if I am right with the Lord. What I need to repent of and ask for forgiveness. In this passage, I read, “The Lord knows those who are His, and all who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” Verse 18. NLT. Every day, even throughout the day, we all must do a double check on ourselves. Am I turning away from evil, things that make my faith, Jesus, look bad? Am I being an example of Christ? Am I honoring HIS name in all I do and say? The passage goes on in verse 20, “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” Did you catch the last part? A special utensil. Are you a special worker for the Lord Have you cleaned yourself up so HE can use you today? In this verse, Jesus our Master expects that we are to remove our old ways. (The wood and the clay utensils) What habits did you have before you were a believer? Swearing, heavy partier, revengeful, self-pity party, late to work, pride. What was the sin you keep falling into? If you want to be that SPECIAL UTENSIL (Gold and Silver) for Jesus today, take this time to repent, ask for forgiveness, and tell Jesus you desire to be HIS, clean, golden, and ready for use! May Jesus POUR over HIS blessings upon you today! Love deeper, talk sweeter! Lee