Zeph. 1:12 π Rom. 1:4 π 2 Tim. 2:21
“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from these (iniquities), he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” ( 2 Tim. 2:21; top )
Obviously, if we don’t purge ourselves we will never be prepared to do every good work – and every good work will take place in the end-time move of God. If we aren’t properly prepared, we’ll be a liability to any end-time ministry. “I will punish men who are stagnant in spirit…” ( Zeph. 1:12; top )
“The Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness…” ( Rom. 1:4; top )
We have been told we must do great things for God, but we really don’t; but we should be ready to do Christian in the every day ordinary things in our own unruly, unholy neighborhood, and to love all its people through every crisis. The struggle to live this unobserved, ignored existence is alien to most career Christians. However, if we don’t do the elementary things properly, we will never do the greater things properly.
You can think that when you get the call of your ministry you will do all the right things, but your ministry will not happen until you do all the little things right. It takes the total personification of Jesus in us to do even the most elementary Christian acts as they should be done. Oh, you can pick your own way to serve God, but it will end up being mostly hay, wood and stubble, and God Himself will have to dry up your tears when you realize it was your ministry and not His.
To fail to present the Christian walk as a way of complete dedication, consecration, obedience and surrender is absolutely unholy and unscriptural.
The preparation process is infinitely longer than the ministry; it takes the incredible laborious process of casting down our self-righteous imaginations to bring every thought to the obedience of Jesus. Christians are to be related to Jesus via the new birth for salvation, but also they are to be totally committed to Jesus’ point of view concerning God, and God’s attitude toward sin, sanctification, surrender and obedience.
When we prove we are really ready to be used of God, after our many dealings within the Lord’s preparation processes, the Lord will send people to us that are a carbon copy of what we used to be. Then we are to act and treat them the same way Jesus treated us, to win us to Himself. When difficulties come our way and we haven’t been properly prepared, the difficulty will provoke us to rebuke it. The stress of the difficult reveals our need of more of the character of Jesus.
A person can be filled with Bible verses, but have no desire to walk the way of preparation of the Lord.
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