This devotional poem comes from the context of Psalm 88, but I am guessing you will relate it to another story. The big question is whether you will take this message and apply it to things in your own life. Here’s the poem
2 Timothy 2:20-21 King James Version (KJV)
20 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.
21 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.
There is no denying that sin is in each one of us. We can do all the good deeds God assigns to us, we can give until there is nothing more to give and we can love with an unending devotion, but there will still be sin within us of some kind. For some it is more evident than others. Some may struggle with pornography, others with gossip, others with backbiting or complaining all the time. The way Paul says it here is enlightening to me. He calls this a great house. A great house is worthy of honor and is highly respected. It is seen as a place where good things dwell and where mercies are given out. It is a house that has a lot of honorable vessels in it. Vessels that can deliver good things to those who enter the house. But there are also vessels of dishonor, of wood and earth. These vessels will not survive the fiery trials that may come into the house. They may be useful for some purposes, but not an everlasting purpose.
I would imagine if Paul expanded on this a little bit, he would say that a house that is not so great would have more vessels of dishonor than the great house does. There will still be vessels of honor there, but not as many good deeds and not as much desire to fulfill God’s purpose. These houses are much more common than the great houses as we all know. There are also houses that have vastly more vessels of honor than dishonor. In other words, there are all kinds of houses in this world, some with more honor and some with less. Some with more dishonor and some with less.
Of course by now we all know that this analogy describes the human condition, not just a house. It brings out the fact that there is good and bad in all of us. None is perfect except Jesus himself. We all have good things inside us, vessels of honor that we can offer up to God at any time. But we also have bad things, vessels of dishonor, that must be purged from our life in order to bring God glory. The question is: What kind of vessels are you carrying around? Do you carry vessels of honor, like mercy, grace, kindness, patience, joy and other attributes that will assist those around you to know Christ. Or do you carry vessels of dishonor, like grumbling, moaning, complaining, backbiting, pride, gossip, irreverence, hypocrisy and other attributes that bring shame to Christ? Whatever vessels you carry will reflect on Jesus and His witness within you.
This is why we must purge the bad vessels out of our life and make room for the vessels of honor. If the church looks the same as the world, why would anyone want any part of it? This is exactly what is happening in many churches and denominations right now. The church is looking more and more like the world because it’s members are full of vessels of dishonor and the world doesn’t need more of that. They get enough of that from outside the church. God is looking for a people that will bring their vessels to be filled with His goodness, righteousness and all other Godly attributes. He wants us to bring our vessels just as the woman did with Elijah. Every vessel she could find was filled with oil to give her life again. Every vessel we can purge from the dishonorable things in life, and bring to Jesus, will be filled with honorable things.
I’m not sure about you but I know that God has more for me on this earth. He is not done with me yet! Moses started his ministry when he was 80 and I’m only 68. I have many years left that I can make an impact in this world and I intend to do just that. I have a great desire to touch others with the poetry and songs I hear on almost a daily basis. I have no doubt that you have the same desire deep within your heart. Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think or imagine by the power that works within us. He has plans for us that we can’t possibly comprehend until we have purged out the dishonorable vessels and replaced them with honorable ones ready to be filled. Once these dishonorable things are gone, we become sanctified and ready for the master’s use. God cannot sanctify a filthy vessel. It must be purged of dishonor. The things of this earth must be put ion the back seat – better yet in the trunk. The word sanctify means to set apart. Why would God set aside a vessel that is not honorable? He would not. He would make sure the dishonorable things were gone from that vessel before he would set it apart for His use. Sometimes I think we forget this. I know I do. I keep asking God to do great things with me, yet I am unwilling to put aside the things in me that do not bring him honor,. He simply will not do that. If I really want God to bring greater things into my life, my desires must be put aside, my dishonorable vessels must be destroyed and purged out of my system, and I must come to a place where I bring Him honor in all I do. This is something very few are willing to do. It’s always one step away, one worldly desire away. When will I learn to just take that extra step and give Him all I have?
It is at that moment that we purge ourselves of these dishonorable vessels that we are prepared for every good work that he would have us do. There are so many things he would have us do and we are only holding ourselves back. The church today is shrinking back from the enemy, the culture is moving away from the church, and false religions are rising up around us. When will we wake up and see that God has so much more for us to do. When will we learn that it is us who God wants to use? When will I learn?
2 Timothy 2:16-19 King James Version (KJV)
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
It is so easy to get into a discussion or argument over doctrine or belief system. We argue over what is true and what is a lie. We discuss the facts of the day and come up with different conclusions. It is hard to know what is right and what is wrong anymore. The media doesn’t help us, the politicians make it worse, and our vain discussions get us nowhere.
A perfect example is the recent happenings in Minneapolis, where a man named George Floyd was murdered, yes murdered, by a police officer and it was caught on camera. There is absolutely no doubt about what happened and how it happened. No doubt of the officers guilt. No doubt the other three officers should have done something to stop this man from murdering someone in front of a crowd. They are guilty also. The result of this flagrant violation of a police officers power has been riots in the streets of cities across the nation. Crowds of people looting, destroying public and private property, attacking police and defying the rule of law. The chant Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police. More and more people have sympathy for their cause. Even governors and city councils are starting to bend under their reform cries. Their cause is trumpeted by the media.
But what do we here about the damage they have done? Hundreds of businesses across the nation have been completely destroyed, hundreds more damaged. Police officers have been shot, had concussions from bricks thrown at them, and been ignored in their plea for calm. The demonstrators demand justice, but they don’t want justice! If they truly wanted justice they would want all those who are damaging property to have justice also. They would want them in jail also. Justice cannot be for just one, it must be for all. Because of a few bad cops, they want to abolish all. The media has spun that to mean just take money, some money, from the police force and distribute it different. But there are many in this movement today who want to see the police gone. If that happened, anarchy would come. We are seeing that now, but not acknowledging it. We prefer not to think it can happen. But it is! Where is the reporting on this? What is the truth and what is vain babblings?
Then there is COVID-19. This flu-like disease has closed businesses all over the country, bringing an end to a strong economy. It has closed sports, leisure, travel, dining and all kinds of establishments. It has caused tens of thousands to go to unemployment status. The reporting kept spelling doom so we all believed it. People tested positive with no symptoms. They said it spread by contacting any saliva, even the smallest drops. Maybe a cough, a sneeze, wiping a runny nose left a bit here or there. As more investigation is done into this malady, I start top wonder if this has not always been around and just never tested for. I start to wonder if closing businesses was the best answer. The strange and vain babblings of the media and our politicians goes on and on about this disease, and we have done little to stop it. What are we to believe?
Paul here addresses a different babbling then this mess our media serves up to us, but it does give us pause to think about what is true and what is not. Paul is addressing one particular instance or heresy that he came across in the early church. We have to recognize that there were more errors being preached than these two guys. The Judaisers were around spreading false doctrine, others upended Pauls’ doctrine with their tales as well.. These two were telling people that the resurrection was past meaning there we not going to be a resurrection of our bodies. It was a spiritual resurrection only according to them. Of course the repercussions of that meant there was no life to look forward to after this one. This drove many away from God because if we have life in Christ in this life only, we are hopeless!
Paul then outs things straight and he says one of the most profound things we should all cling to. The Lord knows them that are His. Simple yet worthy of our utmost respect. I don’t know about you, but I am quite often guilty of passing judgment on others. It’s easy to decide who is going to heaven and who isn’t by their behavior and language. It’s also easy to take those vain babblings and spread gossip about someone just because I think it is true. I am like those reporters on the riots and COVID-19. I hear something and I run with it. I ignore what is good and what is bad and make judgment on what I want to talk about.. I get into heated arguments on all kinds of subjects, even on doctrine of the kingdom, and make judgments on those things. I wonder how they could possibly be right? How can all these violent protestors be right? How can they possibly be headed for heaven? How can a politician who looks out for his personal interests above the interests of the country be saved?
I can argue about these things all day, but in the end of the day all of it is vanity, vain babblings, The Lord knows those that are His! Why should I worry! Should I witness? Of course! But I must realize that I do not know the heart of a man. I would have been wrong in finding a King for Israel when Samuel chose David. I probably would not have chosen fishermen and tax collectors as followers if I was Jesus. I would look at the person but God looks at the heart of a man. God cares about the heart of a man. In these last days, men will become more judgmental, more prideful, more dishonest and more skeptical. They will continue to call good evil and evil good. It will become harder and harder to follow Christ and even the very elect will be turned away. Stay true to God and do not get into the fray of who is right and who is wrong. God knows those that are His. Just make sure you are one of His!
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