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Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Timothy 2:21

Read: 2 Timothy 2:20-23
Listen: 2 Timothy 2

Paul’s teaching is so practical. He instructs Timothy by using dishes as a tangible example. It’s about whether something is for a special purpose or for common use. Paul is telling Timothy that God wants his followers to be people whom God can use for special purposes. But to do that, Paul gives some instructions. Paul uses the image of cleansing dirty dishes. He’s saying there is effort involved in following Jesus. It requires a commitment.

God wants to use us, too. He created us to be part of something bigger. In today’s passage, there are practical ways to prepare ourselves for God to use us. The first is to flee, getting away from the things we shouldn’t be doing. The second is to pursue. This means seeking a relationship with Jesus and seeking the things that help us grow as followers of Jesus. The third is to do life with others. This means finding people who have the same goals as you and who will encourage you to follow Jesus. We could sum up following Jesus with these ideas. Following Jesus requires us to flee and pursue and to do this with other believers.

TODAY: Reflect on flee, pursue and with others. Is there something you need to flee or pursue? Have you found a connection with other followers of Jesus? If you’re interested in talking about how to take Paul’s instructions seriously, reach out to your campus pastor or email us at mailto:info@adabible.org to start a conversation.


Read 1 Samuel 24-25. Highlight anything that points to Jesus. Consider David’s obedience and lack of retaliation against Saul.