repost: Special Utensils

As I continue to slowly move old blog posts into the current blog site, I’ll be doing some reposts or revised posts.  I will be writing some on purity and I was reminded of this post from when I first read this passage back in 2007.  I searched gettyimages.com for some great images of silver utensils that helped me to visualize, or imagine what special utensils might look like, to be set apart.

I just wanted to share this passage with you: 2 Timothy 2:20-22 (nlt)

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.

22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

the ESV puts it this way:

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable.21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

What are your thoughts on this passage? Does it inspire you to live a more set-apart life?

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