by Jeff Schreve

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How to be Useful to the Master (6 of 13)
Series: Famous Last Words
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Timothy 2:19-22

If you have your Bible, please turn to 2nd Timothy chapter 2. We're in a series on 2nd Timothy called, “Famous Last Words.” It's Paul's last letter that he wrote before he went to heaven through the chopping block as Nero cut his head off. And the Lord brought him home to heaven after he finished the course, and he ran the race, and he fought the good fight of faith. And he said, “In the future there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness…” And so Paul didn't go out in defeat by any means; he went out in victory. And God was through with his life. And one of the things about Paul that is so true, and all Bible commentators would agree, Paul was useful to the Master. And he talks to Timothy about being useful to the Master. In chapter 2, verse 21, he says, “Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Now I think that most Christians; I would hope, all Christians, have a desire in their heart to be useful to the Master; that the Lord would see them as someone useful. It's kind of like the coach and he's got a team of players. And when I played basketball, I wanted my coach to see me as useful to the team, very useful, in the top five so I'd be a starter. And I remember in junior high school, I wasn't a starter. And so you wanted to be sixth man, seventh man. You didn't want to be the guy that's sitting at the very end of the bench that is covered in cobwebs, you know. That guy never gets in the game, right? So you want to be useful. Well, I want to be like that to the Lord, useful to the Master. I was typing in on U-Tube just to see what would come up. First, I typed in “useless” and didn't get a whole lot. But then I typed in “useful” and one of the first things that came up was Jesse, the Jack Russell Terrier. This dog, he is useful to his maste ...

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