”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
If you hangout with men in The Joshua Commission for long, you are going to find an incredibly wide variety of backgrounds. From pastors to drug addicts; single guys, divorced guys, remarried guys, and even some of those guys with really good marriages; some men who aren’t even sure what they think about God to those who are walking out their lives in a very personal relationship with Him...
For me personally, as a Christian, there have certainly been a lot of times I felt like the chamber pot—only worthy of the less honorable work God might have for me. I think back on the parts of my life where I just lived for myself or my pleasure, and I’m amazed God would let me do anything on His behalf.
It is beautiful to me what is promised in these verses though. Regardless of where we started or where we are right now, we have options. Of course, the first option is the one to accept the gift of salvation Jesus offers us—it’s free and doesn’t require anything from us other than to believe it & receive it. After that though, God has stuff for us to do! How we engage in our relationship to God matters in what assignments He gives to us—honorable or dishonorable.
Don’t get confused by this and think you can earn the cushy God-jobs if you just act the right way or do the right things though. The honorable jobs in God's Kingdom often look very different than our worldly perspective might want them to. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 20:26-27:
”It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave,”
Daily Battle Order:
It may just be a starting point, but our hope & prayer is that even reading these simple DBOs will be a step for you each day. The Bible uses phrases like “washed in the blood” or “cleansed by washing with the word” to describe the process by which God moves us from chamber pot to wedding china. Take a minute now to consider how you are, or could, cleanse yourself from the dishonorable and prepare yourself for the honorable purposes God has for you today.