Today’s Scripture: And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 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. 2 Timothy 2:19b-21

Yesterday, we looked at how our salvation is secure because God knows we are His. Today, we will see the choice we have in how the Lord will use us. The Bible describes us as vessels in a great house. There are many types of vessels, but they vary in their beauty and usefulness.

Imagine you had 3 jobs to perform and three vessels to choose from to perform these duties. You needed to feed some pigs, put some flowers in water, and display one prominently in your home. The three vessels you have are a beautiful vase, tin bucket, and a hand-blown glass vase. Would you fill the vase with slop for the pigs and proudly display your dented tin bucket? Of course, not! These vessels were made for different purposes.

God is not a respecter of persons. He did not decide you would be a glass vase or I would be a tin bucket. Instead, He gives us the choice on how we will be used by Him. He tells us if we are identified with Christ, we need to depart from iniquity. He continues in verse 21 to say that if we do, we will be a vessel unto honor.

God wants to remove the impurities in our lives so that we can be beautiful displays of His love and grace to the world. We are God’s vessels. Do we want to be honorable vessels God proudly displays or a bucket hidden in the barn tainted with the slop of the world? It’s up to us. Determine today to be a vessel of honor.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.