Make yourself useful.
After much training, learning and completing a course or study, we aspire to put all we have learned to practice. What good is knowledge if it can’t be applied appropriately? With knowledge and the skills needed to perform a task, we become useful and productive members of society. Christians who are well versed in The Word of God and what God requires of them, should be effective and productive in the knowledge of God.
7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned (Hebrews 6).
The one who receives the Wisdom of God, by steeping themselves in The Word of God, should be able to produce, nurture and develop the attributes that honor God. The one whose life has been transformed by God’s Truth, will impact the lives of others in a positive way. Become useful and fruitful by striving for what is good. When we take in God’s Instructions, with an attitude of compliance, we begin to do what is acceptable to Him. He will bless those who learn to be like Him, by living out the concepts of His Word.
The one who is enlightened by God’s Word and uses that knowledge to be abrasive towards others produces thorns and briers. Instead of doing good, by showing mercy, kindness, love, grace and pursuing peace, some use God’s Truth to hurt others. We should give what we have abundantly received from God—Love, Grace and Goodness. Knowing God is understanding Who He is, by what He has done for us. We have no authority to judge others, because we too will face God’s Judgement. God’s Word encourages us to live for His honor, without alienating those He also loves. When we fail to express His likeness to others, we fail to duly represent Him. We will be judged for how we portray God, by how we relate to others, while invoking His Truth to justify our words and actions.
4 I always thank my God for you because of His Grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in Him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore, you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is Faithful, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1).
We, who have been lavished upon with the Grace of God, have been enriched in every way to speak the same Grace, with the knowledge of Who God has been to us. We must use our words to build others up. Use your words to bring out the best in you—Christ Jesus. In The Lord Jesus, we have every spiritual gift to continue to live as He did, while we await His return. He will help us in the areas we are falling short of His expectations. We are the work of His Hands and we are making progress each day. He is gentle and patient with us, and so should we be with others. He will also enable us to be steadfast in becoming who He has called us to be. We must always be in fellowship with Christ, Our Lord. Only when we are in The Lord, can we be found blameless. In fellowship with Christ, God is Faithful, so that we stay the course.
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask The Father in My Name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another (John 15).
We choose people to assist us in accomplishing certain goals because they are reliable and efficient. They can be trusted to get the job done. Can The Lord Jesus count on you to be effective? He has chosen you to be fruitful in what He has revealed to you. When we are doing God’s Will, He will keep us in His Provision. God is Faithful to furnish us with everything we need for His Purpose. When we are working in tandem with The Lord Jesus, we can ask anything of The Father in His Name. The Lord chose and appointed us to be fruitful in what He commanded us to do. He gave us specific instructions: To be fruitful in loving others. When we are driven by love, we will seldom fail to do good, and to do it with gusto. Love compels us to be fruitful, through obedience, by loving God and others.
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5).
The more we can put to practice the knowledge we have, the more skilled we will become. The less we use a set of skills, the rustier we get. We become adept at performing tasks we have done multiple times. Mature Christians have an in-depth knowledge of God’s Word. They have learned to rightly apply the Word of God to their lives. The more they practice what they know, the more proficient they become as Christians. We don’t want to be constantly reminded of who we are supposed to be, or need to be spoon fed. As mature Christians we should be growing in the deeper knowledge of God, even being able to teach others. Solid food is not for babies; just as those who have not put to practice the basic tenets of Christianity can’t move on to grasp the deeper things of God. The more we live out what we know, the more discerning we become of what God requires of us. We become experienced by applying knowledge and acquiring wisdom. We have to keep working towards becoming mature Christians, who can discern both good and evil.
19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names The Name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work (2 Timothy 2).
Those who know God are also known as His Own. The solid foundation is knowing with surety that we belong to The Lord. This foundation is sealed with His Precious Blood, with Which He has purchased us. We are now His, and are called by His Name. As vessels of His Honor, as servants who are called to do The Master’s Will, we must forsake sin. In God’s Household there are servants who are endowed with strength and splendor like His Angels, and there are also those who have little power, like us. Every household uses different vessels to serve a specific purpose. We would usually take out the fine ceramics or china for special occasions, and the rest we use frequently. All vessels are essential, but some are for special occasions. So, as we continue to be sanctified by God’s Spirit, we become obedient servants. As vessels of God’s honor, we are being sanctified to be used for God’s Work. We honor Him by being prepared to do every good work, regardless of our imperfections and weaknesses. He will equip us, as His Own, to be useful to Him as often as He desires.
25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing. 27 Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever (Psalm 37).
The righteous are never forsaken by God, because they are God’s conduit, if you will, for good upon the earth. As they generously give others of God’s Goodness, lavished on them, they will never lack. God ensures that their children, the next generation, learn of the Kindness and Goodness of God. The righteous are generous and they teach their children kindness. They are not close-fisted with what belongs to God.
Everyone of us has a purpose and is useful, as much as we are willing to offer our skills, time and effort for others. Christians are God’s servants, vessels of His honor on earth, to reveal the nature of God to others. They are trained and equipped by God’s Word to be effective and productive in the knowledge they have gained, with the help of The Holy Spirit. We must be fruitful and generous in what we have received. We will not lack what is necessary, if we continue to strive for what is good, by not becoming like thorns and briers that harm others with God’s Truth. Those who use their knowledge to destroy, hurt and alienate others are not representing God in a good light. Use your words and actions to not bring judgement on yourself, but to stand blameless before The Most High Judge.
8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire (Luke 3).”