Are You A Vessel?

2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 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. 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.
                We take great comfort in the fact that no matter how hard we are fought against and attacked; no matter how difficult our lives can be at times, the foundation of God is sure.  With as many areas of our life that we are unsure about thank God that our foundation in Christ is sure.  There are scandals that occur, apostates that arise, and heretics that have led many astray.  There are lies that are whispered, there is gossip that is endless, and there are backbiters around every corner.  However, no matter how vicious the scandal, no matter how many the heretic, no matter how convincing the lies, and no matter how occurring the gossip, God is sure and His seal forever.
                The above verses speak about different kinds of vessels that are found in a great house; the great house being the church.  Some of these vessels (which are you and I) are gold and silver, and some are of wood and earth.  Some of us are to honour, and some of us to dishonour.  The key, the goal of the Christian life, and preferably long before you die, is to be a vessel unto honour.  But notice that it is not the Lord’s job to make you a vessel unto honour, it is yours.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour.  It is the individuals responsibility to purge, to rid himself of all dishonorable traits and that for a very good reason.  You see, it is not until you purge yourself that you are then meet for the master’s use. The word meet means to be useful and profitable.  Once this occurs you are then prepared for EVERY good work.  If you are now not prepared for EVERY good work, maybe some purging needs to take place.
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