Purpose

“…used for special purposes…

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“Those who make themselves clean from all those evil things, will be used for special purposes, because they are dedicated and useful to their Master, ready to be used for every good deed.” (II Timothy 2:21)

Sitting side by side the empty buckets almost look like the dentures of a huge “transformer-like” monster.  Detached from the machine that uses them, they languish in the weeds, gathering rust and dust – useless for all intents and purposes.  However, when connected to the proper equipment they become capable of some pretty amazing things.  These buckets can build anything from roads to hospitals.  They can help in disaster cleanup.  They can even help build swimming pools and parks.

Paul wanted his student, Timothy, to realize that we are capable of some pretty amazing things when we allow ourselves to become the tools of the Master.  I’ve marveled at the ways I’ve witnessed God using children, youth, and adults in building and maintaining relationships.  I’ve watched as a small child twirled in her special dress in a retirement home and brought tears of joy to the residents who delighted in her performance.  I’ve watched as youth worked in 90 degree heat on the top of a house to replace a roof for a stranger who needed the help.  I’ve watched time after time as adults have helped one friend after another through the painful loss of a loved one.

There’s no doubt about it, we are created to be useful to the Master for every good deed.  We are a tool that can either lie rusting and useless because we made choices that have turned us away from God, or we can be a tool of the Master and be part of some pretty amazing, life-changing possibilities.  Life without purpose can lead to despair.  Life with purpose is a blessing.  I pray that God will help me make choices that keep me ready as a tool for the Master’s special purpose.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Gary
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on October 20, 2010.

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