Dirty Made Worthy
2 Timothy 2:20-21; 1 Peter 1:18-19
INTRODUCTION: It seems like not very long after I became a Christ-follower the Lord placed within a desire to be used of God. I was open to whatever way He so chose to do with me.
In 2 Timothy 2 there is movement in the Christian's journey, in verse 1 to ''be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus,'' verse 15 to being ''a worker who does not need to be ashamed,'' verse 21 in order to be ''useful to the master, prepared for every good work.''
I. The Personal Desire Of A Believer
2 Timothy 2:20
A. Contrast 20
Paul uses the figure of a ''vessel'' to describe Christians. The ''large house'' would represent the entire church of God, the body of Christ, composed of all true believers, the ''vessel'' represents individual believers.
The gold and silver are honorable.
The wood and clay are dishonorable.
The gold and silver vessels are more valuable and presentable normally prominently displayed as decorations or used for serving important guests.
The wood and clay were inferior, were strictly utilitarian. They were common, plain, replaceable, unattractive, and often dirty and vile because some were used for the garbage and human waste of the house. They were used for those duties that were never seen and were kept out of sight as much as possible. To display them before guests would be an act of unspeakable dishonor.
The honorable vessels represent believers who are faithful and useful to the Lord. In verses 3-6 they are good soldiers, competitive athletes, and hard working farmers.
On the other hand, the dishonorable are cowardly soldiers, lazy athletes, and slothful farmers.
The dirty are fit only for the menial, undistinguished purposes.
Honor and dishonor refer to the ways in which genuine believers are found useful to the Lord in fulfilling the work to which He has called them.
- Note the works of the vessel of honor:
- A Cleansed Life 21a
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