Read: 2 Timothy 2:19-26
“Stir up the gift of God” (2 Tim. 1:6). “Stand fast” (1 Cor. 16:13). “Be strong” (1 Cor. 16:13). “Endure hardship” (2 Tim. 4:5). “Avoid” (2 Tim. 2:16). “Flee” (1 Cor. 6:18). At first sight, the Christian life might appear to be a do-it-yourself project until you try and find out how inadequate your own strength is. But God never asks of you what He has not first empowered you to do. Paul the apostle said, “If anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Tim. 2:21).
John Calvin said, “It is clear beyond contradiction that we are called to holiness. But the calling and duty of Christians is one thing, and it is another to have the power to make it happen. We do not deny that the faithful are required to purify themselves; but that this is a matter which belongs to the Lord He declared Himself, when through the prophet Ezekiel He promises to send forth the Holy Spirit that we may be cleansed (Ezek. 36:25-26). Therefore, we should beseech the Lord to purge us rather than vainly attempt such a matter in our own strength without His aid.”
It is one thing to read the Word of God; it is another to live it. Enthusiasm is easier than obedience. But it takes more than zeal and determination for believers to become “instruments useful to the Master.” For that to happen you need strength that only the Lord can supply, and strength to stay morally clean and spiritually sensitive. The Holy Spirit will strengthen us to do what He has called us to. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). The world may label such a lifestyle “narrow,” but God calls it “holy.” And He is calling you to it today!