2 Timothy 2:20 – 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.
Friends, can you tell what flavor a tea bag is just by looking at it? I seriously doubt it. The best way to find out the flavor of a tea bag is to dip it in hot water. This way, without any doubt, one would be able to tell if the tea is green tea, lipton tea, raspberry tea, or whatever. Where am I going with this? I’ll tell you in a minute…
In the body of Christ there are vessels of gold and silver. These are the vessels of honor meet for the master’s (God’s) use. There are also vessels of wood and earth. The above scripture call these the vessels unto dishonor. The best way to recognize which vessels you have around you is to watch how they react to the storms of life…
The vessels of honor usually exhibit the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, patience, meekness, faith, goodness, kindness). The bible says “By their fruit you shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). These vessels are full of joy even when nothing in their lives seem to be going according to their expectation. They always exhibit joy in the Holy Ghost and a peace that passes human understanding. The bible calls this the Kingdom of God (Romans 14:17). Their faith cannot be shaken even in the midst of turbulent storms. They hold on to the word of God and his prophecies. When life brings them lemons, they make lemonade. No matter what life brings them, they always bounce back stronger than ever. These vessels live their lives with the assurance that their tomorrow will be alright as long as God is still God.
The vessels of wood are also very easy to spot. Like the children of Israel, they murmur against God and his anointed. They murmur at the slightest discomfort. These vessels serve God from a comfort zone. They are fair-weathered Christians. At the slightest attack they act as though their lives are over. They hear the word of God Sunday after Sunday but never apply it to their situations. These vessels of wood are a disgrace to the body of Christ. They are definitely not fit for the master’s use!
Beloved, on this glorious day that the Lord has made, let us examine ourselves by asking ourselves the following questions: Am I a vessel unto honor or unto dishonor? Am I fit for the master’s use? Can God really count on me? What stuff am I “REALLY” made of? When I am dipped into the hot water of life, do I feel like resigning from God’s kingdom?
I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that where ever you may have been marred, our potter (God) would remold you into a vessel of honor, sanctified and meet for his use (Jer. 18:4). May you be a crown of glory and a royal diadem God’s hands (Isaiah 62:3). By His grace, you will not miss your crown; you shall do God’s work WHILE IT IS DAY for the night cometh when NO MAN can work! Your sun will not set at midday! You shall live till a good old age FULL of riches and honor! Remain blessed in the awesome name of our savior Jesus!