“In a large house there are articles not only of gold ands silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20
This is a quote from a series of comments that Paul passes along to his son in the faith, Timothy. Paul, knowing his responsibility is to train Timothy tells him that there are many types of people preaching under the banner of Christianity. There are some who have become corrupt in spirit, conscience and motive, and due to that corruption their doctrine has become polluted. Paul tells Timothy that he has a choice: he can submit to God and keep himself pure and therefore, preach a gospel that can save his hearers or he can allow his heart to become seduced, his conscience to be sullied and his faith to weaken and by default, the gospel he preaches will be tainted and corrupted.
In the book of Ezekiel, we see God making a distinction between two groups of Levites. One group went astray after idols. This group was allowed to continue in the ministry but the consequence of their sin was that they would no longer be privy to the most holy things. The sons of Zadok, who kept themselves pure during the times the other Levites strayed were allowed to come near to God and enter His sanctuary.
Paul tells Timothy, “There are different levels of anointing in God’s ministry. Some vessels are vessels of honor, they are pure and will be used by God for the most noble ministry offerings. Some are vessels that are not pure and will be used as bed pans and trash buckets.”
Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16 – “Watch your life and your doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Dear God, may I receive this word by grace and be a vessel of honor in your house, fit for use in the most holy offerings.