Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20, 21 ESV)
January 2, 2019- What kind of vessel is honorable for every good work? The vessel that cleansed himself/herself from what is dishonorable, sin. This scripture has been circled, underlined, and starred, in every Bible I use for studying. Long ago…now 49, it seems long ago; I did not want to be a wood or clay pot. If we have a choice of being gold/silver or wood/clay- why settle for anything less than silver?
Don’t agree or understand that God defines and outlines sin in The Bible? We have ordained minsters within Bible believing churches who are ignoring God’s Words defining sin. And…what’s worse are people who claim to be Christians cheering them on. God, and His Word are same yesterday, today, and forever more. God and The Bible are not changing, no matter society’s effort to ignore and allow sin to be justified/celebrated. There is a fierce battle between honorable vs. dishonorable; good vs. evil.
Exchanging Old for New
Our pastor shared a meaningful worship song this past Sunday- New Wine from Hillsong. Of course, new wine, has zero to do with drinking wine and any debates. When Scripture states God cannot pour new wine into old wineskins, we have to repent and move beyond willingness to sin. No one is perfect. However, when seeking Jesus, becoming more mature in Christ, The Holy Spirit’s nudges are felt, convicting of what is displeasing in God’s eyes- we need to change. Turning from sin, we walk closer to Jesus. We exchange old for new, remove dishonorable for honorable.
He wants every individual to be a vessel ready for every good work. In this song- there are words…Make me your vessel, Make me an offering, Make me whatever You want me to be. Powerful! Full surrender, ready for God to create His own heart within ours. The part reaching deep into my soul, pulling out the old- I lay down my old flames, To carry Your new fire today! Yes! This is what I want- this is what I want for every one of us.
Let’s become a vessel, gold or silver…ready for every good work. Whatever good we’ve had, God has so much more ahead. We’re stumped if remaining in sin. With 2019 fresh and new…lets lay down old flames and be ready to carry God’s new fire. He’s been waiting patiently. Today is the day!