WHAT KIND OF VESSEL?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
BY PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
Wednesday 12th February, 2014
WHAT KIND OF VESSEL?
Memorise:
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 2:21
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Isaiah
34:1-37:13; Psalm 37:1-20
Read: 2 Timothy 2:19-22
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.
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.
22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow
righteousness, faith, charity, peace,
with them that call on the Lord out
of a pure heart.
Message
Vessels are simply containers. God
identified His children as vessels in
order to bring up one crucial fact
about His dealings and workings on
earth. The Bible in Psalm 115:16
says:
“The heaven, even the heavens, are
the LORD’S: but the earth hath he
given to the children of men.”
Because God has given the earth to
men, in order to carry out His works
on earth, He does not get it done
without involving men, particularly
His own children. The reason is,
those in Christ are co-workers with
the Father (Romans 8:16-17, 1
Corinthians 3:9). The heavenly
resources by which the work will be
accomplished will need to be carried
or contained in us as vessels, not
only as vessels but also as pipes or
conduits. The purity of these
resources, virtue, power and gifts of
the Holy Spirit are highly essential if
results as desired by God will be
obtained.
Though we are God’s children as
believers, a component part of us is
still flesh and blood. For this reason,
we are called earthen vessels. The
onus therefore is on us to make sure
we keep this vessel pure, hence, the
need to purify ourselves from all
contaminants that could make us
dirty. Our Bible reading for today
reveals also that as vessels, the type
of use we are put to will differ one
from another. The interesting thing is
that you are the one that determines
the type of vessel you would be in
the hand of God. What a great
opportunity to become distinguished!
It means I can become the most
valuable vessel to God with all the
honour that goes with such. Consider
that for a mere slave who was sick, a
centurion was ready to go all out to
secure his healing. He had to plead
with the Jewish leaders to appeal to
Jesus to come and heal this servant.
He did all this because this one
servant was of immense value to him
(Luke 7:1-10). Herein is the secret of
what could make a difference
between a child of God in whose life
Mark 16:17 is a reality and another
for whom it is not. Are you still
meddling with sin, rationalising
smoking, alcohol drinking, enjoying
immoral thoughts and generally living
in disobedience, and yet you wonder
why you cannot pray to heal a
headache? Mind you, if you do not
desire to change, it means that God
may consider using your life to send
a message that teaches others why it
is not good to live the way you live
while claiming you are a child of
God.
Action Point:
Prayerfully list out all the bad habits
you know about yourself and
determine to break them as you
engage in serious prayers. Avoid
factors that make you susceptible to
them.

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