“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”
It is asked, “Who would you rather have in control of the plane, a competent pilot with moral weaknesses, or an incompetent pilot with moral character?”
Skillfully landing a plane is not an essentially moral task, but piloting the state is. Our “being” (who we are) is more important than our “doing,” which is our achievement. When Adam and Eve were tempted by the devil in the Garden of Eden, they lost their morality for the sake of gaining personal achievement (Genesis 3). And people who lost their character for the sake of winning became sinful. Chicago Sun Times columnist Sydney J. Harris said, “Since most of us would rather be admired for what we do, rather than for what we are, we are normally willing to sacrifice character for conduct, and integrity for achievement.”
But the priority of life is not about winning or achieving but purging oneself from sin, and being a vessel unto honor; sanctified, meet for the master’s use, prepared unto every good work.