“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Run away from youthful lusts—pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those [believers] who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” 2 Timothy 2:21-22, Amplified.
Some people think God only wants to change their behaviors when actually He is after the heart. He knows if He can change our heart, our behaviors will change too. In this season, our hearts are being refined. Even if we are doing well and our heart is right before God, we are experiencing His refining. We are seeing Him go into every nook and cranny of our heart. He is removing anything that is not like Him and depositing what is of Him.
It is a wonderful thing to let God refine you. He says, “If you want to be used greatly for My kingdom purposes, I will need to refine you. I will need to search your heart for what doesn’t look like Me and change you until you are a reflection of Me. I will need to smooth out every rough place. Fill every lacking place. Bring low every high place. Straighten every crooked place. I will accomplish this so that I can have My way in and through you with no blockages or delay. I will be glorified in your life. I will be glorified in your thoughts and in the secret places of your heart where no one sees but Me. I will be glorified in how you live before Me. You are My vessel unto honor and I am refining you.”
Prayer: My God, you are a wonderful God. Thank You for refining Your people. You care so much for us Lord. We yield to You our Father and ask that You do exactly as You’ve spoken. Go deeply into our hearts. Refine us Lord and make us vessels unto honor to be used to advance Your kingdom. Work in and through us Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.