VESSEL OF HONOUR
”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 KJV)
There are different types of vessels in the body of Christ. Some are vessels of honour while some are vessels of dishonour. There are also vessels for permanent use, and those for temporary use. Those for temporary use are those that are discarded after a period of time, while those for permanent use are for keeps.
In every local assembly, there are two major classes of people: Believers and unbelievers. Unbelievers in the church? Yes! The church is open to both believers and unbelievers. As a matter of fact, there are two classes of unbelievers in the church: Benign unbelievers and malignant unbelievers. Benign unbeliever are those who may hear the word of God and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, and subsequently be transformed. Malignant unbelievers are agents of the devil with a mission – satan’s crowd. Believers in the church can also be classified into two categories:
carnal believers and spiritual believers. The carnal believer has left Egypt, but Egypt has not quite left him. He still craves the garlic and cucumber of Egypt. This class of believers are always in the majority in every local assembly. The spiritual christian is one who has decided to take up the cross daily, to follow Jesus according to Christ’s terms. He can rightly say like apostle Paul:
”I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 KJV)
A vessel of honour lives by the faith of the Son of God. He does not live for self. He lives to do the will of God. He is not visitation – minded, he is habitation-minded. He does not settle for toys (he is not a baby), he goes for an inheritance (He is a Son). You can be come a vessel of honour.
The key is SANCTIFICATION; which simply means to be set apart for God. Writing to Timothy Apostle Paul said:
”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.” (2 Timothy 2 :21 KJV)
God does not use and dump a vessel of honour, but sin, satan and the world do. That is why Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome:
”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.” (Romans 6:13 KJV)
A C T I O N P O I N T
The journey to becoming a vessel of honour starts with your giving your life to Christ. Say the simple prayer below:
Dear Heavenly Father, I worship you. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. Please have mercy on me and forgive all my sins. Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, I unreservedly surrender my life to you. I confess that you died and rose from the dead for me. Please be my Lord and personal saviour, and grant me the grace to live for you all the days of my life. Thank you so much Lord Jesus, I proclaim I am born again. Amen.
P R A Y E R
From the depth of your heart, ask God to make you a vessel of honour fit for His own use.
D E C L A R A T I O N
May the LORD grant you the grace never to satisfy any carnal appetite that may rob you of your eternal inheritance in Jesus’ Name! Amen
E D I F I E R