"So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:22)
My wife decorates our home in way that incorporates artistry, artifacts from places visited, and pictures of special people - family, friends and missionaries. Amongst all the things we admire, we also have trash cans placed through our home for discarding objects we no longer use or that have no usefulness purpose. In an analogous way, God has a decorative household. He has artifacts very precious and valuable and some dishonorable. Paul spoke this way about God’s great house, the Church. There are members most honorable and some mar the surrounding decor.
It should be the pressing desire for every Christian to be “a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work”, v.21. Honor is bestowed when we willingly take opposing actions. First, get rid of desires that solely satisfy self and that are completely inconsiderate of God. Perhaps the new euphemism for “youthful passions” is “bucket list”, those things we want to do or have before we ‘kick the bucket.’ That list of “I wants” must never overshadow what should be our greatest desire, eternal life. Second, and to the contrary, we must be relentless about that which comes from God and pleases him – righteousness, faith, love and peace. And we must align our lives with associations who likewise discard world oriented passions and who possess noticeable genuineness for the Lord.
Let this be our pressing desire.
--E.C. Malone 03/06/15