BECOMING A VESSEL OF HONOR
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the Excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Cor 4:7
To help students appreciate that God has chosen them for a fruitful and honorable purpose and if they allow Him, He will make their life a blessing.
What is a Vessel?
A hollow utensil, such as a cup, vase, or pitcher, used as a container, especially for liquids.
In essence, a vessel is defined by what it contains – whether honorable or dishonorable.
Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work: 2 Timothy 2:20 -21
Lessons from Key Scripture
- There are different vessels in any great house – we can relate the great house to the family of God –i.e the church
- All vessels are not the same – some give honor and others unto dishonor.
- A vessel is defined by what it contains
- In our context, as children of God, we choose what we want to contain
- Though God’s desire for us is to become excellent at what we do.
- The things any vessel contains are the things that vessel allows to be poured into it.
- To relate it to us, we are responsible for what gets poured into us
- Things are poured into us through what we see, hear, read, watch, etc.
- We eventually become what is poured into us.
Our Responsibility as vessels of Honor
- We must guard what gets poured into us
- Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life –Proverbs 4:23
- Continue to meditate on God’s word day and night
- Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
- Think Christ centered thoughts
- Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things – Philippians 4:8
- Be in the right company-choose your friends carefully
- Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals – I Cor 15:33
- He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.-Proverbs 13:20
- Imitate Godly leaders
- The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:9
- God expects us to continually strive for perfection towards a life of holiness and purity to enable Him to prepare us for every good work.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work: 2 Timothy 2:20 -21
Becoming a vessel of honor is all about setting yourself apart for God to to prepare you and use you for His glory.
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal; The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. -2 Tim 2:19
To become a vessel of honor or dishonor is a choice you have to make.
God bless you.
Prepared by roland Ofori