“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).
Though it is wonderful to be blessed by the Lord and to know His presence in our lives, there is a further reason why we need to be sanctified.
Those who realise the true condition of their heart are aware of the awful weakness, failure and half-heartedness in the Church. What is so amazing is that God deems to make use of vessels of dishonour.
Before He makes the vessel useful for every good work, the Lord sanctifies it. This is the reason that we lack the power and are unusable in God’s service: we are not clean within.
It is God’s desire to use each one of His children in a glorious way, but we hinder Him by the way we live.
Look at the lives of the great men and woman in past generations and ask yourself why they were used so mightily by God. Then ask why the same is not happening today. Until we come to purity of heart and His desire becomes ours.
We have learned from bitter experience just how corrupt our hearts can be. We do not really want it to be this way, but how can we be set free from the bondage? The answer lies in being sanctified. The apostle Paul writes, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
God has a deeper work to do in each one of us. Without sanctification we are as unclean fountains pouring forth impurity of thought and deed. How can we be mightily used of God, like the saints of old, unless we permit Him to cleanse, free, and make us whole?