Scriptural Text 2 Timothy 2:20-21
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Today, our topic is titled “The Ideal Vessel.” Our Scriptural text is taken from 2 Timothy 2:20-21 and it says,
“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.”
I want to establish a fact before we proceed, Christ has redeemed us and He paid a price for our redemption. We are His vessels and his workmanship.
Eph 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. “
When God created man, it was for a purpose. He did not just create us to be. As a fact, everything God created on Earth has a purpose, however minute or great. Even the sky, seas and animals were made to show forth God’s amazing power and wonder.
Psa 97:6 – “The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.”
Psa19:1 – “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
The flowers and all vegetation sway to His glory and adoration. We humans are also created to give all glory to God. We should fulfil the reason why God created us, we should give glory and adoration to His name at all times. We are created for His pleasure and for Him alone.
Rev 4:11 – “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. “
In the Bible, we are also called “vessels in the hands of the master.” When God was speaking to the Israelites about how He wanted to bring them into the place of fulfilment, He referred to them as clay in His hands Isa 64:8.
In the same vein, just as many vessels are made for different purpose, God has empowered us with the grace to be ideal/perfect in the specific task He wants us to do in His presence. A vital thing to note at this point is that, it is not how big the task God has given you that matters, it is how good and diligently you fulfil that task. Are you a vessel in the house of the Lord, given two talents to declare God’s glory? Use it diligently. Use it with the whole of your heart. Don’t be swayed or carried away with the seven talents that God has given another, focus on your own and glorify God for the privilege to be a vessel for Him. It is by consistently doing this, that God will call you an IDEAL VESSEL.
God has given us free-will, to choose what is right or wrong. This same principle applies to our service to God. You might have been made a vessel by God, but are you manifesting the desire to be used by God? Are you willing to do His work at all?
There are three conditions that will show if you are an ideal vessel for God or not. These conditions are detailed below;
- Proximity or Availability for the Master’s use: Imagine you are in a dining room and there are four (4) identical wine glasses lined vertically before you. If you were to use one of the glass cups, the ideal thing will be to use the one nearest to you since it is most accessible. The same goes for God. The nearer you are to God and the more you crave His Shekinah glory and communion, the higher the propensity of God using you. On the other hand, if you keep running away from avenues of fellowship with God, if you keep on skipping your quiet time and giving flimsy excuses of how busy you are, the lower the likelihood of God using you for His glory. This is very straightforward. To be used by God and to be an ideal vessel, you have to seek Him and love Him with the whole of your heart.
Mat 22:37-38 – “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.”
Proximity also means availability for the master’s use. It does not matter on how few the gifts you have been given, if you are available for use by God, he would use you mightily. Isaiah is a good example of this. Prior to his encounter, he wasn’t the most gifted prophet, but His availability for use when duty called made him distinct and empowered.
Isa 6:8 – “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
- Empty of weights and Entanglement: for you to be an ideal vessel, fit for use by God, you have to be empty of entanglements. You have to be empty of weights of sin and pleasure. Let me paint another scenario, if you were to use a bowl and you had 5 bowls in front of you with 4 filled and just one clean and free of substance. Which would you use? You would use the empty one right? Yes. For you to be used by God, you must rid yourself of anything that is actually taking your time, attention and love. You must throw away all those idols and unclean desires filling your life with murk and dirt.
“Heb 12:1 – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”
God has made us in a wonderful way, we cannot be consumed with the love of two completely disparate things at the same time. You cannot love God with the whole of your heart and still find space to love money, pleasure or sin in the same way. It is not possible. For you to be an ideal vessel, you must be completely sold out and surrendered to God. I want you all to listen to these songs. The lyrics are crafted to explain more on this. (Sold Out by Kurt Carr and Burning Ones by Jesus Culture.)
- Purity and Holiness: This condition is as important as the other two mentioned earlier. Purity (without blemish) and holiness will make you an ideal vessel set apart for God. I am going to use another illustration to explain this. If you are to choose from different shirts to wear, if two of the shirts are dirty and one is clean, which of them would you put on? The clean one right?
No matter how gifted and endowed you are, if you are still living in sin, you can never be an ideal vessel for use by God. All your efforts to serve God and use your gifts are like a rolling mill carrying nothing but dust. You cannot live and dine in sin and still expect God to do wonders through you. From our text, God declares to us His own criteria to be fit for use.
2 Timothy 2:21 – “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.”
If a man purges himself from what? From uncleanliness, from sin, from impurities, from blemishes, from self-love etc. He shall then become a vessel of honour for the Master’s use. Interestingly, in the latter part of the verse, Paul says such pure vessel will be “prepared unto every good work.” You see? There is no limit to how God can use you if you are pure and holy. God is not just seeking for vessels, he is seeking for ideal vessels that have poured out the old wine out of their cups and are free from spots and blemish.
Job 36:11 – “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”
Conclusively, to be used by God has great rewards. God never fails in bringing His promises to pass. As an ideal vessel for God, He has many wonderful things in stock for you if you would only keep yourself.
Thanks for your continued support in reading and sharing these wonderful messages from our abode. We pray that God will continually favour you in Jesus name. See you again on Thursday. Bye.