Memorize: But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2 Timothy 2:20
Devotional Reading: 2 Timothy 2:14-26
The role of vessel is critically important to life. In the Body of Christ, there are different types of vessels. There are usable vessels and unusable vessels. Also, there are vessels for temporary use and there are those used on a permanent basis.
Vessels for temporary use are those used and subsequently dumped; whereas vessels for permanent use are for keeps. Every child of God must decide what type of vessel he or she wants to be and comport himself or herself as such. Shepherd staffs, like the rod of Aaron that budded and was kept in the ark of covenant, are examples of vessels of permanent use (Hebrews 9:4). But the jawbone of asses, like the one Samson used and dumped, have no permanent usage (Judges 15:15-17).
The status of a vessel with respect to being of permanent or temporary use is determined by the nature and preparation of the vessel. This is why the Bible in 2nd Timothy 2:21 says: If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” A vessel of honour is not used and dumped. They stay with the Master forever. To be set apart as such a vessel, the Bible enjoys us to depart from iniquity.
Jesus made a profound promise of reward to all vessels of honour; in John 14:2-3, He said: “In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Irrespective of the level of preparation by a vessel, the user of the vessel has the prerogative to determine what type of use it is applied to. This is the reason why you as a child of God must be careful of who or what you allow to use you. Our God does not use and dump vessels of honour, but Satan, sin and the world do. Romans 6:13 says: “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”
I pray for you today, that you will be a usable vessel unto honour meet for the master’s permanent use in Jesus mighty Name.
Prayer point: O LORD, please make me a usable vessel in Jesus name
Key Dose: Make yourself available for God to use as vessel unto honour
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)