20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. 2 Timothy 2:20-21
Paul continued to reference God’s house with the firm foundation but took it one step further. What about the objects in the house, the people? Some are living there but aren’t that useful. This certainly does not have anything to do with salvation but usefulness in the kingdom.
I know we all experience times of usefulness and uselessness depending on what’s happening in our world at the moment. I believe Paul is referring to those who aren’t even trying anymore, those who have given up. It seems as though he’s saying to just move on from those people. That’s a tough pill to swallow, isn’t it, especially when you recognize the trait in someone you care about. But God is sovereign. He can soften hearts and motivate people to live life to the fullest. Sometimes, though, entrusting Him to do just that is next to impossible.
You’re probably thinking about that person right now. Now’s the time to life that person up to the Father for only He can change hearts.