For some people, "not speaking" is very hard, especially when they see their dear friends and loved ones participating in activities and filling their minds and lives with things that grieve the Lord.
Now, I am not perfect-far from it. However, I was reading 2 Timothy this morning and the teens I work with sprang to mind. 2 Timothy 2:19-21 says, "Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
"If a man therefore purge (clean) himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet (appropriate) for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work."
I love our teens (and their families!) so much, and desperately want God to use them mightily in this world!! I often listen to and counsel teens who are at a loss as to why God isn't using them, or can't feel His presence in their lives.
Now I ask, if I were to take a clean glass, and scoop the contents of a used toilet bowl into it, would you want a drink? What if I wiped it out first? Would you enjoy using it?
My friends, THAT is EXACTLY what we are asking the Holy Spirit to do. We attend films and watch shows that CLEARLY dishonor God, (and the temple in which we have ASKED Him to make His home). We fill our minds with ungodly content, and our eyes with worldly images, and then ask Him to bless. We are asking a Holy God, the purest Being, to dwell in and USE a vessel (us) that is DIRTY.
Paul admonished young Timothy, that as a believer, we are to depart (leave, stop doing) iniquity (sin). He likens our bodies, to vessels to be used. But sometimes we use them to dishonor. Verse 21 tells us PLAINLY that a dirty vessel CANNOT be used appropriately for God's work. Prepared to every good work, Paul says.
"Why isn't God using me?" Are you ready to be used by the Lord?
"Why do I feel like God is so far away?" Would you want to fellowship with a poo-lined glass?
Let's all take a moment and reflect on our purpose here in this world. Ask God to help you make better choices. Stop filling your mind with ungodly entertainment. ADULTS need to remember this too, because WE are to be examples.
Now I am SURE that this post will offend some (who isn't offended at least 20x a day anymore??) but I really don't care. For those who have gotten this far, and have read this post, may it be known that I am NOT judging anyone. I need to bring myself to the Lord daily and be cleaned and refreshed so He can use me.
Friends, PLEASE purpose in your heart to be clean. Fathers and husbands, LEAD your family in the ways of righteousness! Your kids NEED YOU!! Parents, KNOW what your kids are up too, and with what (and WHO) they are filling their lives. Teens, MAKE that choice to NOT go to that film even though other Christ followers are, NOT to participate in slandering others, NOT to share that joke.
I love you,