In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV)
How often have you asked yourself: Why am I here, what am I meant to be doing, what’s my purpose? I don’t profess to know the answer to these questions but I know One who does.
My take away from the verse above isn’t we’re able to cleanse ourselves, but we’re cleansed through our surrendering ourselves to Christ. He’s the One who cleanses us so we’re able to be used for His purpose.
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:6-10 (NIV)
The amazing and awesome takeaway I got from this passage focuses on the jars.
Jars. Probably made of clay. Common. Their purpose? To store. Jars don’t make water; they have to be refilled in order to fulfill their purpose. Who refilled those jars? The people who need to use the water contained in the jars.
We’re like those jars. Left on our own, we fill our jars with our wants, our desires, our plans. Our focus is inward.
When we surrender ourselves to the Master and His plan? The old water, our plans and purpose, is thrown out; we’re transformed into vessels filled with fresh water, fresh plans, fresh purpose.
Who fills us with this fresh water?
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (NIV)
What’s our purpose … to share one truth: God loves us.