Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

2 Timothy 2:20 NASB

Hi friends,

This week is special to me as it is the one-year anniversary after a specific Word that the Lord spoke to me. A Word that has taken me into a new season of life and ministry. It has also caused me to reflect on my calling and how I got to where I am today. When I got saved the cry of my heart was – use me; use me Lord. I served in some many different ways in church. Whatever needed doing, I was available to do it. Anytime church was open, I was there. Yet, I did not feel fit to be used. I felt frustrated because I understood this fact, that ‘life is a coin. You can spend it any way you wish but you can only spend it once’. I did not know what to do with this underlying sense of inadequacy, then I came across this scripture:

2 Timothy 2:20 –21 NASB

Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.

Listen to the Mirror Translation: Even in mega rich households there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay; a vessel’s usefulness defines its true value. Even though their functions differ, each vessel is equally important. Realize your individual value and stop discrediting yourself! You are indispensable for your Master’s use; He knows exactly what He has in you; be ready for any good work.

And in the Amplified: But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use]. So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work.

After meditating on this scripture in the different translations, two things became obvious to me:

I am valuable to God. If I did not feel valuable, it was not because of Him. It was because I had believed a lie about who I am. It was up to me to develop the consciousness of who I am. I had to develop righteousness consciousness. None of us are meant for the world’s use but for the Master’s and we determine whether He can use us. But for God to use any of us, we must first accept that we are valuable to God, that we have a unique God given assignment which He wants us to fulfil.

When I was young my mum had several avon crème perfume jars. She used them only on special occasions. I would go in her room and open them one at a time and smell them. They smelled so good. She used them for special occasions. When they were used up, she kept the jars because they were so pretty and ornate. I thought they were the most valuable things one could have. I realized that to God I am like one of those jars. Beautiful and precious and I have been reserved for the Master’s use. I have been filled with His Holy Spirit and I am filled with a sweet-smelling savour, the aroma of Christ. I am precious to the Master.

I had allowed the devil to lie to me that because of the dysfunction of my birth family, because I struggled in school, because I did not believe I was outwardly beautiful, because I had to do something to earn praise that I could not be used of God. But that is a lie. Child of God, you are valuable to God. Maybe no one in your family ever succeeded but God does not care about your family and background. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.

Jesus Himself was despised and people asked if any good thing could come out of Nazareth? You are breaking the mould of your family, breaking patterns that are generations old, and creating a new heritage in Christ Jesus.

The scripture puts the responsibility on you and I to be used of God and it says for me to be used, I have to prepare or be ready for any good work. Or ready for use. Do you know that you don’t have to know your assignment to prepare for it? Since the vessel God will use must be a prepared vessel, God shows us in His Word how to prepare to be used.

But first, why do we need to be prepared?

Preparation attracts the suddenlies of God, it brings about reversals, it causes us to be favored; preparation positions us for the blessing to be made manifest or to show up in our lives. Preparation positions you to be used.

2 Chronicles 16:9 - For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.  (For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him).

Preparation is only possible with a heart that is completely His and that is fully committed to God. God sets in motion the promise, the assignment, the provision and the help when we are prepared for it. Why? Because preparation is an act of faith -it means we are acting like what God told us is true and is coming to pass. When we are prepared it makes fulfilling our assignment easier. It is like taking the time to whet an axe before cutting a tree. Two men were in a competition to cut a tree. One went at it right away while the second took time to whet his axe. Who do you think had an easier time of it?

What does it mean to prepare?

When I think of preparation, I think of the Boys Scout Motto: Be Prepared, which means one is always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do one’s duty. To scouts, to be prepared means:

  • Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.
  • Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it

If that is man’s standard of preparation, what is God’s expectation of how we prepare?

Join me next time and let’s examine how we can prepare to be used of God in our generation.

 

Until next time, stay ignited.

 

Ayodola and the W2NM Team