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CLEANING THE SILVER (5/3/09-5/9/09)

MAY 3-9, 2009

CLEANING THE SILVER

Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.  Proverbs 25:4

When we really want to put on airs for a fancy dinner, we pull out all the stops.  We place the best of our linens on the table.  We take out our best china and crystal for the special occassion.  But most of all, the masterpiece of the table presentation is the silverware.  But the silver doesn’t look too nice if it has been tarnished.

In order to clean tarnished silver, it takes a lot of work.  A costly chemical is typically needed to be used, along with a lot of elbow grease.  We will rub, and rub, rub, rub, sweat and rub some more.  Until finally, after sweating and wearing your self out, you have freshly cleaned, sparkling silver that looks far too pretty to use for eating.

God considers us to be His silver.  Just like the silverware, we are going to be used for a specific purpose, the masterpiece of His presentation and plan.  But we all need cleaning.  Could you imagine what screams and groaning the silverware would make if it could be heard as it is being cleaned?  Much the same is true of us when we encounter trials and adversities.  And it takes a lot of work for God to “remove the dross” from us.  If truth be told, we probably resist the cleanings that God brings in our lives when we should “encounter it all joy when you face various temptations,” as James said.

But here is the beautiful part of it all.  When God has finished removing the dross from us, we become a vessel for the finer, fit to be used as His masterpiece.

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