This was the result of my personal reading this morning. A little different but something for you to consider.
Prepared for every good work
2 Timothy 2:21
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. –
What prepares me to be ready for every good work? The next verse tells me to flee youthful lusts and to follow after righteousness, faith, love and peace.
Looking for Christ’s second coming prepares me to be ready.
A Christ focus, dying to the flesh makes me ready.
Submitting constantly to Christ’s lordship makes me ready.
Fighting the good fight of faith, 2 Timothy 4:7 makes me ready.
The greatest challenge in this life to always being ready for every good work is the constant temptation to sins of the flesh, eyes, and mind. I really need to keep before me that God, the God of heaven and earth, the Savior of my life, the indwelling Holy Spirit, wants me to always be ready for His leading, His opportunity, His immediate placement of me into a situation of doing a good work for Him and His kingdom. If my focus is wrong, if sin has led me astray, if I am at all distracted, then I am not ready for every good work.
While being busy for God, I cannot say that I have always been ready for every good work that He has placed before me. From this point on, I want to follow this admonition of Paul to Timothy and I want to be ready for every good work that God has for me. This is not about what I might get to do so I can become someone for my pride has also caused me not to be ready at times. No, this is about being ready to quietly do what God places before me as His good work.
Thank you for your prayers for my trip. The memorial service went well and I was glad to be able to support my friend and his family. Death is always a reminder that one day all of us will succumb to it. It is a reminder that I never want to be far from as it keeps my focus where it needs to be, that is, on the eternal.