20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work (2 Timothy 2).
“Sanctified, useful…prepared”—descriptions of honorable vessels for the Master’s use. Such vessels have been set apart by a sovereign God and made ready to do great things for Him. These are things He has done in them—and yet we have our part as well. There lies the condition from the human side: “if anyone cleanses himself” from such things as “ungodliness” (verse 16) and “wickedness” (verse 19).
When we cleanse ourselves of ungodliness and wickedness by avoiding them and abstaining from them, it is then that we become honorable vessels for the Master’s use. Here lies yet another example of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility at interplay. It is the great dance between partners, where the groom leads and the bride follows, yet no one can tell because they are moving along as one.
Lord, help us This Day in this great dance with You, our Groom, to move as one with You. Amen.