Okay, that might be the cheesiest title, but, I stand behind its clever-ness and ability to engage.
I was reading 2 Timothy yesterday and came across some amazing imagery in the Message version.
At the end of 2 Timothy chapter 2 in the Message version, I stumbled across this gem:
In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.
Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
I don’t want to have a discussion about grace. I don’t want to talk about the grey areas of faith. I don’t want to be challenged on looking at life from a “holier-than-thou” perspective.
As I look at wanting to be involved in a life that looks more and more like ministry day-by-day, the encouragement is pretty simple to understand… be the type of plate that God can use to serve everyone… not pleasing everyone, but, being available to be used by God for everyone.
It does make me think about the decisions in how I choose to live my life; am I the type of plate that can be used to present gifts to all kinds of people? Or am I trying to deliver (here comes the signature abuse of the analogy…) Delicious steak on top of a garbage can lid?
It is not my job to make the Gospel attractive, it is attractive… but I am responsible to present it well… I am in charge of the wrapping, not the gift… does that work?
I just really needed to hear these words and I am thankful for what it has brought to light in my life…