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08/25/2015

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Being Fit For The Lord


"Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful (fit) to the master, prepared for every good work" (2 Tim.2:21).

When I thought about the word "fit" immediately my athletic background took over and I thought about physical fitness. It actually may work for today's scripture, but the term "fit" that is really being spoken of is a synonym for useful... The apostle Paul precedes today's verse with an admonition to abstain for wickedness. Today's verse is a message from Paul to Timothy. It urges him to be useful for the Lord's work, and comes down through the years to us with the same directive. It says the one who is "fit" for the Lord's use is one who has cleansed himself. I take that to mean that a person must make a separation from people and things that would drag them down... Quoting the prophet Isaiah, Paul write this: "Therefore, come out of their midst and be separate... And do not touch what is unclean" (2 Cor.6:17). He may even be more succinct in Col.2:21; "Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch..." The capstone of all this is found in 1 Cor.15:33... "Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals..." Abraham had to leave his country to be fit for the Lord's use... Moses needed to be separated from the Egyptians to become really fit and the Israelites had to be separate from the nations around them. I think that the table for our being fit for the Lord's work has been set for us with today's verse. We can only be useful to the Lord if we separate ourselves from wickedness. I will address several more things about being fit over the next few days...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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