Memorize: Romans 9:17
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Read: 2Timothy 2:20-21
The Master of every great house puts in the house all manner of vessels for His use. Some for honor and others may not be so honorable. For instance, no matter how golden a potty might be, it can never be used for serving breakfast on the Master’s table. As for that purpose, it is dishonorable. On the flip side, the wooden pot used for the Master’s goat-head delicacy cannot be used as the dog’s plate for food. Each vessel is made for a purpose but all are meant to bring honor to the Master in the place they are made for. Some people are made to misbehave so that through them God can display His majesty to the world. Pharaoh is our example. God by Himself hardened his heart from obeying legitimate instruction on love. Did you say what can one do if God has so purposed? You can consciously remove yourself from such purpose because God is no respecter of persons. If you decide to live by the tenets of God, fleeing all youthful lusts and following righteousness and love, the Lord will spare you. Pharaoh was chosen for the purpose because of his haughty heart. He refused to acknowledge God in his heart even after many displays including the death of every firstborn son in his land starting from his. Is there not a point where someone ought to pause and reason “this truly must be the hand of God”? Judas was chosen for the purpose because of his covetousness. Anyone else could have served the purpose. Why must it be you? Judas had been stealing from the purse. Others had observed and must have cautioned him in some way. He would not listen because his heart had been seared.
What is the state of your own heart today? Has the Lord not given you enough reasons to acknowledge Him and turn to righteousness? It is His longsuffering nature that is keeping you on. The beauty of it is if any perishes in the end, no one can blame God in that God would have given the same a long rope to repent. Joseph of Arimathaea was not a disciple of Christ; yet he served a good purpose in the salvation of mankind and his name is written for all to read. He is an epitome of love. Turn to love today and you will never fulfil a bad purpose.
Father, I will rather you fulfil in me an honorable purpose. Help me to so fulfil in Jesus name.