Vessel of honor
But 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. 2 Timothy 2:20
This is a scripture I am familiar with, and maybe you are too. I have never written about it or even used it in a practical application. Mainly because I didn’t really get it. I have actually heard others refer to themselves as clay pots, but it never made sense to me. I think they thought it was a form of humility, but in reality, I don’t think they actually understood what they were saying. Now that I am looking at this passage more deeply within its context, I think I am beginning to understand.
As we saw in the previous verse, God knows those who belong to Him. It goes on to say let everyone who names Jesus as their Lord depart from iniquity or quit living in sin. Now this is the very next verse that says there are vessels of gold and silver, but also vessels of wood and clay. Then in the very same breath it says some for honor and some for dishonor. Taken in the same order, we can conclude that the vessels of gold and sliver are for honor, leaving the wood and clay for dishonor. This answers some of my questions about studying and working for God’s approval . . . to become a vessel of honor. Sure, God loves me if I don’t, but if I continue to live in the filth of my sin, I am a vessel of dishonor, a jar of clay.
The conclusion: There are two types of vessels in Gods house. Honorable ones and dishonorable ones, but the choice is up to you and the choice is up to me, what kind of vessel we are going to be. If we choose to study to show ourselves approved unto God and depart from iniquity, we are becoming His vessel of honor. If we choose to hang on to old sinful and worldly habits, we are choosing to be a dishonorable vessel.
We can continue to read on here and see a list of items that we need to eliminate from our lives to be a vessel of honor. Such things as youthful lusts, foolish and ignorant disputes, strife, quarreling. Instead, we are to pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Be gentle to all, able to teach, patient and humbly correcting those who are in opposition so God will give them repentance to know the truth. Then they can come to their senses and escape the traps of the devil to do his will.
Today I want to encourage you to be a vessel of honor in God’s great house. By giving God your best and spending time sitting with Him in praise and thanksgiving, you are growing closer to the heart of God. Not because of what you are doing, but because of what He is doing in your heart and life during that time. Getting to know the character of who He is through His word and His peace, you are studying to become a vessel of gold and silver. Sit quietly with your Heavenly Father today and thank Him for all the things He has done in your life, all the things He is doing in your life and all the things He is going to do in your life.
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Timothy 2:20-26