Pots, urns, and vases are good examples of vessels. Their purpose is to hold some type of substance, which is later served or dished out for the use of others. Urns and pots are used to serve tea or food, while vases may be used to pour out perfume, oil, or even to display flowers. Vessels do not produce anything, but are filled by someone else; when empty, they have little use.
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and clay; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.” ( 2nd Timothy 2: 20, 21 – NKJV )
We are vessels in the house of God, cleansed from sin and unrighteousness by the blood of Jesus Christ; made into vessels of honor – sanctified ( set apart ) to do God’s will on earth. And God’s will is salvation and abundant life for all mankind ( John 3:16 ). As He freely gave His Son out of His great love for us, so shall we serve Him out of His great love in us.
As vessels of honor, we are to minister abundant life to those around us; both believers and unbelievers. We are to encourage and edify, not tear down and criticize; to empathize and comfort, not scoff at; to gently correct and support; not condemn and demoralize. We are vessels that carry the love of God and gladly pour it out to those around us according to the will of our Father in heaven.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” ( Romans 5: 5 – NIV )
Are you filled with the love of God? Are you pouring out the love of God? Or are you an empty vessel? Let us desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Then the love of God will abound in our hearts and overflow to others.