VESSELS FOR HONOR PART I
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. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified (set apart) and useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. II Timothy 2:20,21
We as born again new creations in Christ are vessels for honor and we have been set apart, used by the Master as His own personal chalices. When I was growing up my mother had a china cabinet where she kept the plates, cups and trays used only for special occasions and holidays. What I remember most were the wine glasses, fine crystal inherited from my grandmother which I still possess.
All year these beautiful glasses were on display for everyone to see but they were special, not your every day water glasses, no, these were the finest in the house. There was also a carafe, a beautiful crystal pitcher encased in silver which I also still possess, decorated with grapevines signifying its use to contain the finest of wine. We too are special vessels decorated with the gifts and callings of Christ to keep within us the most valuable possession in the kingdom of God, His Holy Spirit, out of which flow the new wine and the rivers of living water.
We as the Master's own personal vessels are not locked away in some china cabinet, but we are sent out into all the world to give those who thirst, living water, and those with no oil, the baptism of His Holy Spirit, and those who are sick, the power of the shed blood of the Savior, and those who are lost, faith to be saved! Vessels for glory, created by the Master Potter and broken to pieces by His merciful hands, making us useful for His divine purposes in the kingdom of His Son!
Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction. Romans 9:21,22
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin