In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. (2 Timothy 2:20-22 NLT)
I’ve been thinking – how accountable will you be if you allowed your children to continue to accompany those who are diverse to their own interests? If you are having trouble in one area of your life such as drinking, would you pony up near an open bar? So, if your child is having problems in one area of his or her life, why do you allow them to continue to associate with friends and activities that promote that area?
Paul told Timothy to run away from anything that would stimulate those youthful lusts – who knows what that might have been for Timothy. Instead, follow anything that leads to the right way and then, not just follow, but pursue faith, love, and peace (these are Godly things).
You notice that right? That Timothy had to leave the youthful lusts behind before he could be used for the Master’s work? He had to be pure, first, by leaving those things behind.
Not only that, but turn to the companionship of those who call upon the Lord with what? With pure hearts – not perfection, but the intent of their hearts.
So, why in the world, if you want to rescue someone from the flames of sin, would you let them contaminate themselves with impurity?