Now in a wealthy house there are vessels made of gold and silver, and vessels made of wood and clay; some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the Master, ready for every good work (2 Timothy 2:20-21).
Every Believer wants to be used by God.
We are, after all, His servants, created for that very purpose—to do good works in Christ (Ephesians 2:10).
And there’s nothing more exciting, rewarding, or satisfying than knowing the Lord is utilizing our lives to advance His kingdom:
Alleviating suffering, encouraging God’s children and helping others to come to know Him.
It is the honor of all honors to be used by the Most High God.
In this powerful little parable, Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, reveals one of the secrets that guarantees God will use our lives for His noble purposes.
Paul compares the Church to a lavish home filled with all kinds of vessels (useful containers) that serve the purposes of the Head of the Household.
The home stands for the Church.
The Head of the House is the Lord.
And we are those vessels!
And we have a say in how He uses our lives!
Paul contrasts luxurious dinnerware, expensive vases, and costly china, to other containers with less honorable household purposes—like a common variety trash can or ash tray.
The Apostle is encouraging young Timothy to go for the gold.
He’s telling Tim that by keeping his life clean—confessing his sins daily, cooperating with the Holy Spirit, and denying his sinful self, that God can and will use him in noble ways.
But if he’s spiritually careless and morally compromised, God will have to spend more time correcting and disciplining him rather than using him for His glory.
We have a part to play, don’t we?