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Vessels of Wood and Clay

John Collins11/29/20122 Timothy 2 gives us the disposition of a true and faithful servant of Jesus Christ.  Being God's servant does not require a perfect life or require a great name.  It does not require answers to all of life's questions or hidden mysteries.  It requires peace and love.

Paul tells Timothy to remind them and charge them not to quarrel about words, quarreling does no good.  Quarreling only ruins the hearers.  Instead, there is a better way:

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by God.  Be a worker with no need to be ashamed by rightly handling the Word of Truth.

Paul said that irreverent babble will only lead people into more and more ungodliness.  He said that irreverent babble would spread like gangrene, and gave examples of just that.  

We don't have to be the perfect vessel to be used by God.  In a great and magnificent house, there are not only vessels of gold and silver.  There are also vessels of wood and clay, some for honorable use and some for dishonorable.  If anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use.  Even the man that was once dishonorable can be set apart as holy and useful for the Master.

We were very passionate in our youth.  Paul said to flee from these passions, and instead pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.  Join with those who call on the Lord with a pure heart by pursuing these things.  Avoid foolish, ignorant controversies, because they only breed more quarreling.

Paul said the Lord's servants must not be quarrelsome.  God's servants are kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, and correcting those against him with gentleness.  

Through gentle, loving responses, God may grant them repentance by being led to knowledge of the Truth.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we try to lead others to the truth with argument, or with peace and patience?  Do we feast on hidden mysteries and extra-biblical words that lead to quarreling, or do we feast on God's Word only?  Do we try to force others with the passion of our youth, or have we matured into more excellent servants for Christ?  Are we a good vessel worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or are we a broken vessel that is of no use until mended?