Sunday

Scripture Reading:
1 Thes. 4:4; 1 John 1:9

“But in a great house there are not only gold and silver vessels but also wooden and earthen; and some are unto honor, and some unto dishonor. If therefore anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared unto every good work.”(2 Timothy 2:20-21)
vessels unto honor

In 2 Timothy 2:20 it is written: "But in a great house there are not only gold and silver vessels but also wooden and earthen; and some are unto honor, and some unto dishonor." The "house of God" in 1 Timothy 3:15 is the genuine church in its divine nature, but the "great house" in 2 Timothy 2:20 refers to Christianity as a whole. In Christianity there are vessels of gold, of silver, of wood and of clay; and some are unto honor and others unto dishonor. Therefore, what is being spoken about here does not involve the matter of predestination as in verse 21, which says, "If therefore anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, useful to the master, prepared unto every good work." "These things" are all the dishonorable situations and conditions we can be in, and to be cleansed from them will determine whether we will be a vessel unto honor or a vessel unto dishonor. For this reason, if our desire is to really be a vessel unto honor, we will learn to cleanse ourselves from all that is dishonorable.

What determines what is honorable or dishonorable is the word of God and having intimate fellowship with Him. The values of today are rapidly becoming degraded. Have you seen this happening? Ten years ago, shameful things that people considered to be a scandal are today considered to be normal, and those who do not practice them are thought of as being abnormal. The great danger we face is losing our sensitivity and discernment in relation to what is normal and abnormal in God's eyes. If we lose our sensitivity we will certainly become vessels unto dishonor and God will have no way to use us. We must watch and have discernment because the deceiving things of the world are so attractive and try to entangle us through what we hear and see without our realizing what is really happening. It is as if we are using transparent glasses that are gradually turning yellow. How can we be used by God in such an unclear situation? Why is it that many times we cannot advance spiritually? Why are there certain things that bind us? Why is it that, even after going to a rich conference about the word of God, our heart remains cold and stubborn in following the Lord? Why?

We need to know and see what is stopping us in order for us to be able to purify ourselves. In 1 Thessalonians 4:4 we are warned that we should keep our vessel, that is, our body, in sanctification and honor since the will of God is our sanctification and that we should abstain from fornication. We must keep our vessel clean and pure for the Lord. If we have become dirty in the past through certain practices, God will give us the opportunity to be enlightened and cleansed by repenting and confessing our sins (1 John. 1:9). The Lord wants to gain in our generation a people who love Him above everything, who will satisfy His heart, who obey His speaking. The Lord wants a new generation that is holy and pure, whose holiness and purity come from living in intimate fellowship with Him. In this way, we will become pure in our heart, in our mind and in our body. God wants to gain many vessels unto honor, who will depart from all unrighteousness, who have a pure heart, and who are sanctified and useful to Him, so that His work may be complete. If our desire is to be such a vessel unto honor, we must be willing to humble ourselves and go down to the Potter's house in order to hear His words and practice them.

How we need to be genuine people! In the house as well as at work, in school, in the meetings, we must be what we are. On one hand, we have the life of God in us, in our spirit; on the other hand, we are conscious that the seed of God's life in us needs to grow, spread from our spirit to our soul and saturate it with the Lord's purity and holiness. The more fellowship we have with the Lord by calling on His name, praising Him and meditating on His word, and the more fellowship we have with the saints, speaking the words of life to one another, the more the divine life will grow in us, and spontaneously we will express God Himself before men.

Our God does not demand that we be what we are not and He does not want us to live by appearances. He simply wants us to seek Him with all of our heart, love Him with all of our being and never go away from Him. The things we talk about when we are with our friends are mainly sports, cars, parties, boy and girlfriends, fashion, etc. Why can we not speak about the things of the Lord in a very natural way? Many times some have a good appearance spiritually in front of the saints, but when they are away from them and from the meetings, they act differently and say, like Peter, "I do not know Him" (Luke 22:57). We find these difficulties even among married couples. A husband and wife may speak only about children, the house, shopping, prices, jobs, food and vacations, but when they speak about the Lord, they feel crippled. What is the problem?

If the Lord is the center of our life, everything else will revolve around Him. May we simply be an open channel so the spiritual life can "invade" our secular life. Only in this way can we really live a normal Christian life that is free from our effort to keep up appearances. May we firstly rise up, go down, humbling ourselves, then we can hear the Lord's words, purify ourselves from the dishonorable things, letting the Potter work in us and make us useful vessels in His hands. All of this is only possible and real in the Potter's house.

Key Point:
Cleanse
Question:
What does God want of us?