Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 2:21
Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement, and when his plane arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home.
As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.
“You know” he said, “I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?” The driver said, “No problem. Have at it.” Billy gets into the driver’s seat and they head off down the highway.
A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure. The young trooper walked up to the driver’s door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving. He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor. The supervisor asked, “Is it the Governor?” The young trooper said, “No, he’s more important than that.” The supervisor said, “Oh, so it’s the President.” The young trooper said, “No, he’s even more important than that.” The supervisor finally asked, “Well then, who is it?” The young trooper said, “I think it’s Jesus, because he’s got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!”
I love that story. I’ve never verified the validity of it, but it sounds good to me.
If anyone has ever been useful to the Master, it has to be Billy Graham.
Let’s not be useless . If we let Jesus be our driver, we might find ourselves more useful than if we try to drive Him. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24) The Message Version reads like this: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am”
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am”
Many times, when we become Christians, we give God the keys, and then immediately we jump in the passenger seat and start telling him where to go, where to stop, when to slow down and speed up, even sometimes to give us the wheel. We need to let God be God, and let Jesus be the driver of our lives.
Then and only then, will we find ourselves “useful to the Master”.
I must give props to BR from last night’s Bible Study, for this blog title inspiration.