Here is what teaches us 2 Timothy 2:19-21: we must withdraw from iniquity. “If so someone purifies themselves from these (the dishonour vases), it will be a vase of honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared for any good work.” This is a crucial point for those who want to really prepare for the service of the master: obedience to the truth of God and the separation of all that is contrary to his word. One cannot hope to be taught of God or employed in his service while remaining in communion with what we know to be wrong.

The parable of the talents, in Matthew 25:14-30, presents us with another important principle in relation to the service. “To each who has, it will be given, and it will be in abundance; but to him who did not, that he himself shall be removed from him “(verse 29). The Lord shows here that whoever has faithfully made his talents fruitful has received more, while he who has not used his own has been removed. When we employ the capacity and knowledge of the divine things that the Lord has given us, he entrusts us more, to put him in his service. Thus, the servant makes progress in God’s school, and these advances make him even more useful.

It is there, we are convinced, the way in which God prepares and trains his servants, as many have experienced. What about you? God bless us.

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