Thoughts on 2 Timothy 2:20-21 and Overcoming Addiction
I am a part of a cohort, at Christ Community Church, that meets every other Wednesday evening. One of our first projects centered around the Book of 2 Timothy. I was reading through it, and a passage stuck with me. Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. -2 Timothy 2:20-21 (ESV)
If you've been reading the Bible for awhile, you know that passages can take on new meanings to you. You will have read something a hundred times before, but then you read it again and something clicks. Something new. A new insight that sheds a whole new light on what that particular passage of scripture means. Perhaps its due to a new experience, maturity, or something else. Whatever the impetus may be, passages of scripture can have new meanings to us. This happened to me with this passage of scripture from 2 Timothy.
If you read my personal blog, you're probably familiar with my addiction story. In 2007, I finally was able to break free from a porn addiction. One of the things with that story is how God told me, "Before you can take the next step with work, I need to do a work inside you."
Four years later, and I'm meeting with CCC's Governing Board of Elders. I realize that God has done the work inside me. I was humbled. I was now prepared to do the work of the Online Campus.
This passage from 2 Timothy takes on new meaning to me. It encapsulates the past few years. God cleansed me of what was dishonorable so I could be a vessel for honorable use. I will be useful, ready for every good work.
God is faithful.