In Sunday’s sermon (24th March), the following statement was made:
The trouble with keeping things ‘for best’ is that it can mean that they are rarely or never used.
So growing in holiness is not for our sake. We are not trophies for God to simply display in his cabinet.
Look at 2 Timothy 2:20-21:
Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honourable use, some for dishonourable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonourable, he will be a vessel for honourable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
Notice it says, “…if anyone…”. Although Paul was writing here to a young leader called Timothy, at this point he is expressing something which is true for every believer in Jesus.
So the question for us is, “What do we want?”
Do we want to be devoted to Jesus, useful to him and ready for every good work he has prepared for us to do? If we do, let’s pursue holiness.