For this piece, I would use an illustration. I believe everyone has things that are really dear to them. A favorite cup, show, dress e.t.c. with that said, I would like to give one of the definitions of what a vessel is. A vessel is a hollow utensil, such as a cup, vase, or pitcher, used as a container, especially for fluids.
There are four really beautiful and really unique cups set on the table. And four very beautiful girls have been assigned to take care of these cups. The first girl has a cup made of Gold, the second girl has a cup made of glass, the third girl has a cup made of clay, and the fourth girl has a cup made of plastic. All these girls are beautiful and really talented.
One day a really handsome young man comes to their home in search of the best lady with an outstanding vessel. The four girls are presented before him. Every girl must fill her cup with water, and whoever he drinks from, will be his bride. They all fill up their cups to the brim. The girl with the golden cup is so sure no man can resist gold, the girl with the glass cup feels glass is so beautiful, the girl with the clay cup feels after all I went through to become this beautiful, he has to choose me. The girl with the plastic cup asks, ‘I hope there is something special about me too’. Eventually the man drinks from the plastic cup.
All the other girls are furious and jealous. The man senses this and decides to tell them why he bypassed them. Well the gold was so attractive, the glass was beautiful; the clay seems like she has gone through a lot to attain such beauty, but all your 3 vessels were dirty on the inside. But the plastic cup didn’t seem so special to me at first, but her cup was clean, and I was delighted to be able to drink from a clean cup. You wouldn’t drink from a dirty cup, he asked? Try keeping your cups clean so the next time a young man comes, he won’t be disappointed the way I was when I looked into your cups. I am also very delighted though to be going back with a bride, and her clean vessel.
My short story can be related to our everyday lives. 2 timothy 2;21: “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” Your cup may be the most beautiful and attractive cup ever made, but if there is dirt on the inside, not even you would like to drink from it. What you look like on the outside doesn’t matter at the end of the day. What matters is if the inside is fit enough for use. God is always willing to use his vessels, but he is sometimes, if not many times forced to bypass some vessels.
Some vessels have so much dust on the inside because they have refused to do what their masters intended. Imagine a cup that seats on a table and says, “no one must drink water from me, I’m too precious to be used for water.” That cup is going to sit there for a very long time, and have a lot of dust and dirt accumulating on its inside. Imagine your favorite shoe saying, I’m too tired today please do not just think of wearing me out and hurting my precious heels. If that shoe keeps refusing to be worn because it doesn’t want to be worn out and look old, the owner will just leave it alone and make use of the shoes that want to be worn.
Sometimes, we may not be involved in sin, maybe we have just refused to be used like the cup on the table, or the shoe. We cannot be used for a little work. We want the big deals. We feel we are too precious and too cool to be seen singing in church, we have to play the part of big girl so we cannot afford to ruin our swag. But the truth is God needs to be able to trust you with little first, for those who want to be a star at once. You must learn to follow before you can lead. For those who think they are too cool to be used, you may just keep getting bypassed by God, and one day soon realize all you have is your swag which may even be outdated by that time.
Some cannot be used because they are dirty on the inside, God can cleanse you if you are willing to let the dirt go.
Refuse to be a vessel for decoration hanging on the shelf, be a vessel unto honor!
WHAT TYPE OF VESSEL ARE YOU?