A vessel is an instrument. Different vessels are utilised for different purposes depending design and intended purpose. The creator, designer or producer of the vessel determines the purpose of the vessel. Although vessels have predefined purposes, they are still subject to abuses by those who are privileged to have temporary access to it for different reasons, predominantly due to ignorance of intended purpose because they do not check the user manual. We humans are created by God Almighty (Genesis 1:26) for a specific purpose. But due to ignorance of God’s plan, because we don’t take time to consult our User Manual (The Holy Bible), we abuse ourselves. (This is not the topic for another write-up).
The Bible says “in a great house, there are vessels of honour and dishonour”_2Tim2:20-21. The good news is that these are not predetermined positions. God did not set aside or create some set of people to be vessels of honour (gold and silver) while and others as for dishonour (wood or earth). this means that everyone in the house (on earth) is equally likely to be one of the two vessels. It’s a bipolar choice you make every day by your lifestyle. You are absolutely responsible for whatever vessel you become. That is why it says “he that purges or cleanses himself shall be a vessel for honours”. So it is your conscious effort and decision that distinguishes you into one of the categories.
NOTICE that it doesn’t say “some are useful vessels while others are useless”. This means that even the vessels of dishonour are useful in some way. Satan, the fallen angels and demons are also useful in the hand of God. If you read the book of 2 Chronicles 18: 18-21, when the cup of King Ahab was full and God needed someone to go take him out, a demon was useful in carrying out the duty. “Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him” and when God asked him how. He said, “I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets”(verse 21). Also, when God wanted to display His mightiness to Pharaoh by destroying the Egyptian firstborns, He permitted “the Destroyer” (who theologians believe is the devil) to enter and strike down any house without the blood on the lintel. Exodus 12:13-29. Therefore, there is no such thing as ‘useless vessels’, there are only ‘vessels of dishonour’.
Furthermore, if you study closely, in the category of “vessels of honour”, there is what I call “levels”. There is Silver level and there is Gold level. Jesus telling the parable of the Sower, He said something along this line when He was talking about the seed that falls on the good soil. This can be described as the vessels of honour. He said some ‘bringing forth a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty folds”_(Matthew 13: 18-23). Apostle John also mentioned this in his writings in 1 John 2:2-14. He talks about “children -newborn or spiritual infants (spiritually immature)” (verse 1), “young men -Christian workers( those growing in spiritual maturity)” (verse 13) and “Fathers -experienced spiritual mentors/teachers (spiritually mature believers)” (verse 13-14).
This means that all Christians are at different levels of spiritual maturity. This is one of the reasons why I don’t believe that every believer should be exposed to the same level of trials. God only ALLOWS you to go through the circumstances/challenges that you CAN OVERCOME (1 Corinthians 10:13). Because Job could handle losing all his wealth, health and children, that is why God ALLOWED it.
Your level of purity, holiness, obedience to God’s Word and work with God determines the category and level you fall into. If you are still feeding on milk, then you are a spiritual infant because “solid food is for spiritually mature, whose sense are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil (Hebrews 5:13-14 AMP).
This does not mean that when you have grown to the level of being a Bible Studies or Sunday School teacher (spiritually mature -father) you have achieved it all?. Absolutely no. there is nothing like being “being at the peak of your spiritual growth”. There is always a new height and higher revelation knowledge of God. The Christian life is a journey that never ends until the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The closer you work with God, the more you know Him. That is why the apostle Paul with all his direct encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, spiritual insight and anointing, said “Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own” (Philippians 3:12 AMP).
In conclusion, Everyone and everything created by God is useful in different ways and manners. As for us humans, we are given the single honour of determining our usefulness in life and in the hands of God. Anything you want to be, there are destiny helpers who are readily available to catapult you to your destination willingly or forcefully. When the Apostle Paul says “some to honour and some to dishonour”, he is implying that you just have to be determined where/what you want to go/be and strategically position yourself and the person will meet and empower you. If you want to be a vessel of honour, there are people to assist you. If you want to be a vessel of dishonour, there are even much more people and forces willing to assist. That’s why I can boldly say that “all you need is a Vision of where you want to be, Prayers (for divine guidance), strategic positioning, & determination”.
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