Vessel: Somebody who embodies quality
Another reason we are to understand the importance of a vessel is found in II Timothy 2:21. We are told to avoid wickedness and, “if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” Consider the purpose for each one of us is to be a useful vessel for the Lord Jesus Christ.
A Wal-Mart plate vs. a Dillard’s crystal dish – serving pieces for different circumstances –“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware” II Timothy 2:20. This example of the gold and earthenware dishes is a reflection of the different types of people in the Body of Christ. This might speak of those who have been given more resources compared to others who have less means. It might be an example of people who have spiritual gifts and qualities that are used in a more well-known setting compared to people who faithfully serve behind the scenes without recognition or acknowledgement. Our responsibility is to, “give preference to one another in honor” Romans 12:10, to not envy or demean others because of what they have or don’t have. Each dish and vessel is equally important for the service in a home just as each person in a fellowship is equally valuable to the Lord.
A loud teapot – a complaining vessel – “Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker … will the clay say to the potter what are you doing?” Isaiah 45:9. We have a word of warning to be careful of dissatisfaction in our life. One area to be cautious of is comparing your life to others. You have been uniquely created by a loving God who gave you certain qualities and characteristics. You are opening your heart to discontent when you contrast your situation, appearance or qualities with someone else. The Lord says, “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it” (Isaiah 45:12) and our mindset should be “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14. Choose to be a grateful vessel for how you have been created.