Monday

Scripture Reading:
2 Tim. 2:20-21

“Therefore since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and of spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”(2 Corinthians 7:1)
dealing with sins

In the previous chapter we received a very important vision: the Potter is our God, the Potter's house is the church and we are vessels in the Potter's house that God is working on. Thanks to this vision we can realize that God is working on us in all of our circumstances and that He is working continually in each one of His children to make each one a useful vessel in His house.

Our God is so practical that He presents Himself as a potter. This means that all the revelations we receive are also practical and are to be applied in our living. Let us consider our life. What has God been able to do in us? What kind of vessel are we? Are we a submissive vessel that is easily molded, or a hardened vessel that will not give in? God's intention is to work Himself into His vessels and restore them so that they will be useful. Some people say they are in the "Lord's recovery," but I would ask: has your life been recovered? What has God been able to recover in you? God wants to work in us every day in every way, but do we allow Him to do this? Does He often have to say, "How difficult it is to form such a hard vessel as this?" However, we know that when we are filled with living water we are compliant and the Potter is happy because He is able to conform us a little more to the image of His Son.

God is working in us and He has put all of His heart into this work. How dedicated the Lord is! If we were the potter, surely we would have stopped working on the hard vessels. We would have even thrown some of them into the garbage. The fact that we are still here today shows that God is a Potter filled with mercy, who does not easily give up working on His vessels. It is true that we are still a little hard, but when He sees us He says, "I am going to put a little bit of water on them and make them submissive. We can only praise the Lord for His mercy on us.

When we see the young people in the world being deceived, overcome and used as vessels in Satan's hands, we are aware that we need to be part of the young generation that remains in God's hands to be molded by Him. If someone comes to us and asks us what the Lord's recovery is, we can answer definitely and boldly that we are being recovered by the Lord. Formerly we were vessels being used and destroyed by Satan, but God has bound the strong man, plundered his house, and freed us from the authority of darkness. Now we are in the hands of the Potter and are being recovered day by day.

Romans chapter nine mentions vessels of wrath and vessels of mercy. In spite of the fact that we are not better than anyone else, we know that God's mercy has reached us. We might have continued to be vessels of wrath in the house of the strong man, but God had compassion on us and today we are vessels of mercy in the house of the Potter. What a difference! We are being worked on by God and His word is continually giving us life. We have no right to be proud. To be a vessel of wrath fitted for destruction or a vessel of mercy prepared unto glory does not depend on us; it depends entirely on God's mercy.

In 2 Timothy 2:20 we find other kinds vessels: vessels unto honor and vessels unto dishonor. We might think, "Good, in this great house I was destined to be a vessel unto honor." However, this is not what is says in verse 21. Verse 21 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." Perhaps today we are not in a condition of being a vessel unto honor, but there is still a way. The way is to cleanse ourselves from our mistakes. In the first place, we need to identify our mistakes in order to deal with them. The more mistakes we deal with, the more God's life will grow in us and the more useful we will be to the Lord. The most obvious reason for the mistakes we make are the sins we commit. Therefore, we need to know how to deal with them.

Key Point:
Vessels of mercy
Question:
What do we need to do to become vessels unto honor?