Honorable Vessels – 8/31/20

Matt and Melissa Hart

2 Timothy 2:20-21 – “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable,[d] he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” 


In this passage, Paul gives us an important analogy using common household utensils to illustrate his point. Verse 20 draws a distinction between vessels intended for honorable use and dishonorable use. Verse 21 builds on this analogy by explaining how one can become a

vessel for honorable use by God. This is meant to be an encouragement to Timothy, calling him to be the kind of person God uses for good and noble purposes.

In the same way, it should encourage us. By allowing the Gospel to transform us, we will be vessels God can use to do some of His most honorable and good works. This does not mean it will be easy; in fact, it is often hard to avoid the temptations life throws at us. But, by God’s grace and power we can overcome any temptation and have a life that is clean and ready for the master’s work.

Lord, make us vessels of honor, ready to do Your work. Illuminate the areas in our lives where you desire more purity, or where we have strayed too far from your desired course. Cleanse us from all that is dishonorable so that we may bring more glory to Your name. Amen.