Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell
"But in a great house there are only vessels of gold and silver but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and notable [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use]. So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work."
~ I Timothy 2:20-21 ~
Definition from online dictionary:
Ignoble~ Not noble in quality, character or purpose; base or mean
Have you ever tried to use another 'tool' to hammer a nail in? I have. Using the plastic part of a screwdriver, the end of scissors, or a shoe. You name it, I have probably tried it. There have been times where it even did the job I needed it to; however, not to the potential that an actual hammer could.
We are to be vessels of honor, set apart and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Being that this is the case, we can also be vessels of dishonor. Whether it be utilizing our mouthpiece as a tool of discouragement or allowing jealousy to tell on ourselves as my girlfriend Carine has said. Whatever it may be, we are to utilize ourselves as tools for His glory.
Many of us would love to speak before people and have a platform that way. However, for many of us what if our platform is towards our family to minister grace to?
Maybe the platform is your workplace with other co-workers and customers.
Another platform is ministering to your spouse and children, which I believe is the most important. Extended family is important too, such as parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, however, do not take away from where you are called at that moment and that is with your spouse. I made a covenant vow with my spouse, not my extended family or friends.
Whatever season of our life we are in, let us be the vessels that God has divinely called us to live. Again, this is difficult, yet it is great to be aware of.
Again, we can definitely be vessels of dishonor. It will get the job done that it was meant to do, and that is to hurt and destroy. However, the potential as a vessel of honor gets the job done that the vessel was designed to do.
I want to get the 'job' done for God's purpose for His glory and honor. I can either be a vessel of honor or dishonor. Which one will I choose moment by moment?