On Continuing to be Useful

I read Russ’ blog “On Being Useful” and it triggered a lesson that is buried in my mind from many years ago.  It comes from something Paul said to Timothy in his last letter.  II Timothy 2:21 says, “Anyone who cleanses themselves from the latter (garbage in our lives) will be instruments for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the master, and prepared to do any good work.”

Wow!  I get the garbage out of my life with a Junk Removal and He can use me!

Russ talked about being willing and ready to do that, so let’s dream a little.  How can I be “useful to the master”?  Let’s suppose I do what Russ says, what can I do that He can use?

Imagine this:  You are sitting around the table with all the people who have influenced your life.  Name them off, one by one.  They are the people you think about when you need to do something and wonder how they would do it.  And, when you do something dumb, they are the ones you wish you could talk with.  You know who they are… fill in the seats around your table.  This should include 7 – 10 people.

Now, Jesus walks into the room (if He isn’t already at your table) and says, “I have a plan.  I am going to build my church.  Who wants to help me?”

You look around the table and know what the others can do.  But you?  What can you do?  How can you be useful?  Is it even possible that you could do anything that would be “useful to the master”?

That is exactly what leadership is all about.  Not only standing by waiting for orders from the big boss (in our case, Jesus) but doing whatever you can do in the meantime.

The daily question for Christian leaders has to be:  “What can I do to build His Kingdom right here, right now?  How can I make a difference today?  How can I be useful to Him?”

Let me share something very, very practical that I use:  David tells us to “Bless the Lord”.  So, ask yourself how you can make Jesus smile today.

Then, sit and write down what you came up with.  Then, do it.


Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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