Text: 2 Timothy 2:14-26, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 2:9-10
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 2:21, ESV
I have very few precious possessions. It’s a personal conviction of mine—I never want my loved ones to feel like my stuff is more precious than they are. The few very special things I do own are set apart, and their value to me is well known. I’ve saved up for them, I care for them, but I also use them. Nothing precious in my home is kept away in bubble wrap, hidden from life. I want my beautiful things at the ready to be used and enjoyed. Set apart as precious, but ready.
In Scripture I find the Lord has the same purpose for us as His precious children. He calls us a “people of his own possession” (1 Peter 2:9)—to me, one of the most beautifully poignant phrases in the Bible! We are His very own; He’s chosen us to be His beloved possessions. He has set us apart as a beautiful reflection of Himself—His joy.
Precious though we are, God does not keep us hidden away as unutilized treasures. We are not bubble-wrapped believers, but empowered saints! Our God invites us into the most important parts of His Kingdom. He puts us in relationship with others, He gives us the privilege of stewarding His resources, and He interacts with us daily.
We are holy because Jesus has made us holy. He has set us apart and made us heirs to His royal inheritance. But, just because we have freedom and access to God’s world, we shouldn’t entertain the dangerous or vile aspects of its fallen nature. We should remember that we are precious to the Lord, we are the people He sacrificed Himself for and adores. We should be ready to picked up, brought to the light, and put to good use. Set apart as precious, but ready.
I want to live like a daughter who knows her worth—worth that comes from a Heavenly Father who loves me and finds value in me. He chose me, plucked me out from a world of hurt, and placed me in His eternal safety. I am so grateful to be His dearly loved and treasured possession—bought with a price, but called into action.