September 4, 2018

2 Timothy 2:21..Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from these  things (which are dishonorable, disobedient, sinful)  he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified (set apart for a special purpose) and useful to the Master, prepared for every good work (AMP)

In our earlier discussion about our salvation which is purely by grace and not of works lest any man should boast, we were made to understand that the process of giving our lives to Christ has been ordained beforehand, and that we were created in Christ Jesus unto good works. This means Jesus Christ in us helps us to continue His good works. In Acts 10:38, we read that Jesus Christ of Nazareth was anointed with  the Holy Ghost and with power and he went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him. After his resurrection, he charged his apostles that they should continue this work by going into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature, and should cast out devils in his name, they should lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover from their sickness. The Scripture says that the disciples went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following (Mark 16: 15-19)

An example of this was the healing of the lame man at the Beautiful gate in Acts 3:1-9 when Peter and John went there at the hour of prayer. He asked for alms but Peter told him that he did not have silver or gold but commanded him to rise up and walk in Jesus name. Immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength and he started to walk, praising God. It was also reported that Peter was also invited to come and raise Dorcas who was dead, and God being with him, Dorcas came back to life. So many signs and wonders were recorded for many of the disciples. This is confirmation of the promise that they too will do good works for God. None of these good works was manifested until they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. It was the Holy Spirit in them that kept on doing the good works.
Therefore every believer is a vessel created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Not all believers make themselves available for this good works to be done through them. For example there were 12 disciples chosen by Jesus Christ and trained for this good work, but unfortunately one of them (Judas Ischariot) fell by the way side because of greediness for money. He allowed the cares of this world to take away permanent blessings of being a vessel of honor, and he became a vessel of dishonor. He betrayed his Master for 30 pieces of silver. His name went down on record as a man of perdition who ended his life by hanging himself (committed suicide).

Many people that God called as vessels to do His work, started well, but later on allowed things of this world, such as money, fame, power and different cares of this world to replace their love for God. They later became unclean and unfit for God’s continuous use. An example was king Saul who was chosen by God and filled with the spirit of God and was even reported to prophesy with the prophets, but when his heart was not right with God (he disobeyed God), God took his spirit from him and replaced it with evil spirit. God now sought for another vessel whose heart was after God’s heart. This man was David and God used him mightily because he was a vessel that made himself available for God to work on Him to rule his people for 40 years. His kingdom was established and the LORD made covenant with him and his descendants for ever.
Therefore for us to be useful as  vessels of honor, we need to cleanse ourselves from dead works. The LORD knows who we were before calling us to Himself. All He wanted was for us to submit our will to Him so that he can do thorough cleaning in us. His blood makes the vilest sinner clean. After this initial cleansing, the grace is available to us to be obedient to Him continuously with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Bible says the apostles after they received the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, they gave themselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word, asking for God ” to grant them more boldness (more of the Spirit of God) to speak his word, by stretching forth his hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of the holy Child Jesus (Acts 4:29-30). As they prayed, the place was shaken, and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. The apostles did not allow the things of the world to stand in their way, they were only interested in continuing the work of God as Jesus did it.
The advise to those who want to be  vessels of honor is, to focus only on the Word, reading it, digesting it, and asking God to lead you to the areas where He wants to use you. The affairs of this world will hinder your heart from focusing on God. So you need to take your eyes off these things. This is my personal prayer, that God will continue to make me dwell on His word. Right now, the more I read the word, the more I see a difference in the way He is relating to me. I am better than before, I am growing in my knowledge of Him, and I am recognizing his voice more. I am still praying to hear more and also to know what He wants me to do for Him. The work is His, and I want to be a vessel of honor in his hand. The Lord will help all of us who are willing to be  vessels of honor to fulfill our call and destiny in Jesus Name. Amen

Prayer… Lord release your power to read your word daily to us so that we can grow thereby. Make us  useful vessels in your vineyard in Jesus Name Amen.

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