Girl, Gospel, Go | Day Fourteen
By: Megan Gover | You Are Special Plate | To type in your answers to today’s study, click here.
“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]
When someone in our family had a birthday, accomplishment or fun thing to celebrate growing up, my parents set the table for this person to use our You are Special plate. This red plate was not expensive nor extraordinary. It was only distinguished by its’ bright red color, and You Are Special written around the rim. However, it’s presence communicated a sweet reminder: you are loved, you are seen, you are special.
Having a paper plate wouldn’t have signified the same importance. This plate was used for decades and decades and hold a sentimental place in our memories and hearts.
Whether your family has a similar tradition or not, most of us would agree there are particular things your family uses only once in a while. I bet your mom doesn’t pull out her great grandmother’s set of glassware or her favorite China when your friends have a slumber party. Come Thanksgiving and Christmas; however, those puppies are pulled out, shined and polished.
Today, Paul explains we as believers can be the fine china in a world full of sporks--ready to be used for holy works at the Lord’s call. Open this time pleading with the Lord to mold you into the servant you both desire for you to be.
Flip over to 2 Timothy 2:20. Read verses 20-21. Does your family have any time of heirloom or unique china you pull out for big occasions? Like if you broke one, your mom might cry?
How does Paul distinguish the two types of instruments used in houses?
List some examples of honorable and dishonorable acts as a believer.
According to this passage, how do you become fit for honorable use? Fill in the verse below.
“Therefore if anyone __________ himself from what is __________, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as __________, __________ to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
Cleansing ourselves from dishonorable things allows us to become the Lord’s vessel. What sins, actions, or habits do you need to repent to be the servant God wants to use?
What type of impact do you have in your home, school, church, etc.? Now, imagine what your impact on this world would look like if the Lord could use you to talk to every person, at any time, anywhere to tell them about the Gospel.
The Lord has incredible plans in store for you! Seriously. If He showed you what He had dreamed up for you, it would probably scare and intimidate you! However, I’m sure it would far surpass your biggest dreams in living for the kingdom. The Lord doesn’t just tell us He wants to use us. He cultivates us into being the vessel He can use. Verse 22 tells us how to become a surrendered vessel.
Read 2 Timothy 2:22. What do you think of when you hear the word flee? What emotions do you associate with this action?
We wouldn’t flee from a dream vacation in Bora Bora or a luxury spa day with the works--mani, pedi, and massage. However, we would absolutely escape from a clown on a dark country road or our home country invaded by terrorists.
Flee involves flight out of fear. People flee to find safety.
Why, then, is it important to have this understanding of the word flee? What does this verse call us to flee from?
Why does Paul call them youthful passions instead of elderly passions?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t hear of too many grandparents getting themselves into trouble or being put in prison. What perspective do older people have and young people don’t?
Paul calls believers to run away from unwise and impulsive sins. He wants them to run from sin and run to the following. Write a little definition about each of these below:
In our sinful nature, we don’t naturally swerve towards these things. It is only through the purposeful pursuit of Jesus we can end up living a righteous life of faith, love, and peace.
Spend some time repenting of the youthful passions you often run to instead of run away from. Allow the Lord to chisel out these temptations. Then, finish your time by writing a tangible way you can seek the above four pursuits to be a worthy vessel--to be a You Are Special plate in a world of plastic sporks.