Vessel for Honor

When I was growing up in the village, the dry season in the village meant more work and also more time at the river. The hot, cracked ground with grass dried and brown scorching my feet. 

Water would become scarce and we would have to make many trips to the river to collect water. No one was exempt from making a couple of trips, we would all get containers to suit our size.

We would hunt down containers that we could use and much effort would go into cleaning them from the inside out, making sure to rinse several times so the water we carried wouldn’t become contaminated with what was formerly in the container.

Every so often we would “accidentally” fall in the water when filling our containers and would take a bit longer than we should playing around in the river cooling off before attempting to climb up the riverside with our load. Going down to the river side was easy, but coming back up with a full container was hard work but it had to be done. Having water at home was essential, especially during the dry season.

As I reflected on my dry-season childhood days, I thought of the verse that Woman Devoted was birthed from, 2 Timothy 2:20-21.

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 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. 2 Timothy 2:20‭-‬21 ESV


We are all vessels, containers made to carry or to hold something. Throughout our lives, we have carried the honorable and sometimes the dishonorable. We live in a world of sin, a world that tries to seduce us into a life of sinful pleasures, and from time to time we’ve fallen into its trap. For some of us, we’ve believed the lies that we will never be good enough, that we are nothing special and destined for a life of mediocrity. We were left to hold the refuse, things that distract us from our true purpose. We had to hold things that we weren’t meant to carry, many leaving a residue behind.

Yet, here we are confronted with a verse that offers the possibility of becoming something more. It goes straight to the point, “cleanse yourself from what is dishonorable”, from what is sinful and become a container God can use. Become a vessel for honor. 

Just as we had to wash out the containers we used to carry the water, so we must be intentional about our cleansing. We remove all that contaminates us so we can carry what we were created for.

The cleansing is not always easy because, for many of us, we’ve held on to this way of life, living in sin for so long that it feels like it will be the end of us if we let go. It would be more comfortable to remain a common vessel than go through the cleansing.

“None but ourselves”

It’s also important to note that the verse says “cleanse yourself“, which requires action on our part. We have to be willing to take that step, take responsibility, and begin the process. My mom’s motto is “None but ourselves” and I want to borrow her words here and say that yes, “none but ourselves” can begin the process that is necessary. We have to be willing to surrender to the process.

After cleansing, we have the opportunity to be filled, to become a vessel for honor, to become a container God can use. We no longer carry the residue of the past anymore. Free to serve the King. Now set apart.

A vessel for honor is a vessel set apart, useful to the Master and ready for every good work. You no longer live to carry the weight of other people’s opinions, the weight of sin and shame. You now live to please God, to carry out the purpose of God’s heart. 

Embrace the process. You are destined for more. You are a vessel for honor. Carry His Presence. His Love. His Grace.

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6 thoughts on “Vessel for Honor”

  1. “ You no longer live to carry the weight of other people’s opinions, the weight of sin and shame. You now live to please God, to carry out the purpose of God’s heart.”

    This. This is what my soul needed to hear. Thank you!

  2. Am I a vessel of honor to God? As seen by God or by those around me???

    Can I move from one type of vessel to another? To perhaps a more “glorious” or more valuable vessel???
    Just some thoughts……

    1. These are some really great thought-provoking questions Carolyn! When I wrote it, I was thinking a vessel of honor to God, people may not always see our value but God sees it. I think can definitely move from a lesser, common vessel to one that is more valuable. Thanks for reading and sharing.

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