2 Timothy 2:20-22, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
One thing about God is that He always gives us a choice. You can see that through the Bible. In the garden of Eden, He gave Adam and Eve a choice between choosing Him and choosing themselves. That pattern continues to this day. He gives us the option of being a follower of Christ or a non-follower. In the passage above we see God giving us a choice. The choice is between a vessel of honor or dishonor.
He tells us how to pursue either. That is why I love God, He doesn’t just give you the choices, He also tells you how to choose each choice. In this case, if you want to be a vessel for honor what you must do is pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. If you want to be a vessel of dishonor pursue youthful lust. This reminds me of a verse in Deuteronomy 30:19.
Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…”
In the verse above God tells the children of Israel to choose between life, which means obeying His laws, and curses, which means disobeying His laws. We know that the children of Israel ended up disobeying His laws and all the curses of the law fell on them. God explains His pain and sorrow in 2 Chronicles.
2 Chronicles 36:15-16, “And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.”
The children of Israel made the wrong choice and they suffered the consequences. The Bible tells us that the Old Testament was written for our instruction. We should learn from the children of Israel and make the right choice. Choosing to be a vessel of honor doesn’t just benefit God, it greatly benefits us. When we are born again, we are recreated for good works. 2 Timothy tells us that when we become vessels of honor we are prepared for every good work. This means we can begin fulfilling our destiny. This is the goal of every believer.