"But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonor” – II Timothy 2:20
Paul the Apostle used a large house to describe the body of Christ as a building with many members who are not only different in color, culture, shape and size, they are also different in characteristics, personality and lifestyle along with having differences of opinions and preferences in what they believe and practice as a rule for living.
In other words, although every member of Christ church should lead holy lives according to the principles set forth in God's word, there are some who are not following the way of the Lord, and are encouraging others to do the same.
For this reason, you cannot expect that there will be complete uniformity of all people within the house of God. In fact, there will never be absolute purity or unity in any visible church or community on this side of heaven.
Therefore, it should not seem strange or be discouraging to hear of those who are not walking in obedience of God's word, and are practicing wickedness in His church (Jude 1:12). There will be wheat and tares, but in the end, Christ will do the separation (Matthew 13:30).
But, in spite of the issues that may be going on in the house of God, the question that remains is, what kind of vessel are you?
Are you a vessel separated from all the misconception, deceptions and falsified teachings of Christ, or are you a vessel who pervert the doctrines of Christ, and walk contrary to the teachings of Christ? I encourage you to be a vessel of honor for the Lord, and to shine more and more each day, that you may be used in the service of the Lord. But the decision is up to you.
By A.G. Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.