January 29, 2019 by maryruwe
Let’s start off with the question at heart for most of us, “Are you able?” All of us must realize that we need to be strong physically as well as spiritually to do whatever God calls us to do. The truth for everyone is that we need to be ready to minister when an opportunity comes. Being in good health is part of being ready.
The main Scripture I want to talk about today is 2 Timothy 2:20-21.
“In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work”.
I’ll have to admit that in my earlier years of learning I thought the gold and silver were the saved and the wood and clay represented the unsaved. However, if both are in the “great house” then probably that thinking is not correct…hah…because only the saved are in and will be in the “great house” called heaven. Notice also that it says some for honor and some for dishonor and if anyone cleanses himself from the “latter”, he will be a vessel for honor. Again this is not talking about Salvation because it is the Blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all unrighteousness. So this “cleansing” we do has to do with repenting of the carnal way we think, talk, and live after being saved. How we live either brings honor or dishonor to the Name of Jesus.
The dictionary describes the word vessel as: a container; a person held to be the recipient of a quality. Honor and dishonor are qualities and we are the containers by which these qualities are held.
So maybe this scripture is talking more about the value the vessel is in regard to how the vessel yields itself to the Master. A vessel of honor is one who is obedient to follow God and lives according to His Word. A vessel of honor is one who will cleanse and keep itself clean before God. This is where First John 1:9 comes into our lives if we do sin: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” A vessel of honor will study to know how to rightly divide the Word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) Romans 12:1 states that it is in our study of God’s Word and the renewing of our mind that transforms us from carnal thinking to righteous thinking.
It’s our studying the Word, obeying the Word, praying and fellowship with Him daily that determines whether we are a vessel of honor or dishonor.