“Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 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 and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Tim. 2:19-21
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9
We who follow Jesus are to be God’s vessels to be used by Him to love and glorify and serve Him and to love and serve others in His name while helping to build and encourage His forever Kingdom of followers, but just like a pitcher of water gets dirty and needs to be cleaned rather than simply continually filled with more and more water, we need to keep our vessels clean for the Lord so He can ever pour through us His Spirit and His Word, His love and all His endless blessings out onto the world all around us.
Sometimes over the years I have been lazy or irresponsible or negligent or forgetful or even rebellious with cleaning out the cups and mugs and water pitchers I have used, and they get stained and dirty, and the drinks I drink from them are dirty and don’t taste so good and sometimes are even unhealthy because I haven’t kept their containers clean. What pours out of the containers is no longer tasty and delicious and clean and healthy and pure and right because it’s been adversely affected by the dirt I’ve allowed to accumulate in their containers.
Sometimes that’s exactly what we who follow Jesus do with ourselves. We get lazy or irresponsible or negligent or forgetful or even rebellious when it comes to keeping our hearts and minds and bodies and lives clean and pure for the Lord to live inside us and through us. So what pours out of us isn’t purely the Spirit of God and the Word of God and His beautiful blessings but instead is a mix of the Lord and His will but also the contaminants and dirt and filth of flesh and self and sin like for example anger, hurt, bitterness, vengeance, worry, pride, and condemnation. All of these contaminants need to be purged out of us so purely the Lord pours forth from us!
As Christ’s followers, as His servants, as His very vessels, we need to vigilantly, consciously, decidedly, devotedly, carefully, and continually repent from any sin in the way of thoughts, words, or actions we’ve fallen into and be vigilant about keeping ourselves pure for the Spirit of Christ to live powerfully in and through us.
Are you God’s vessel? You have a responsibility. So do I. We who are His vessels need to take the utmost love and care to keep ourselves clean and pure for the Spirit of God to live in us and through us such that in our thoughts, words, and actions, we bring Him praise, we bring Him honor, and we bring the Lord glory. May we be His vessels – vessels of honor to the Lord, Amen!