By Pastor Lee Hemen
September 9, 2008
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. (2 Timothy 2:20)
Let me ask you a question: “Are you a lowly mop or a fine china teapot?” We all know that whether we live in a house, apartment, or mobile home that there are items there that are set out for everyone to see and use and others that we keep behind closed doors, so-to-speak. I mean, few of us place the toilet in the living room! But some could well argue that the lowly mop that is kept in the cleaning cupboard is far more important in keeping the house clean than say the fine teapot that sit in a place of honor behind glass doors. Yet, both serve their purposes don’t they?
The teapot is brought out for special occasions so that those you serve can see how important the event is. While the mop may sit in the closet, still wet and perhaps a little dirty from its use just a few hours earlier to make sure that the floors shone just as fine as a clean teapot. A clean house reflects an attitude of the heart just as bringing out the fine china when we want to celebrate.
This is exactly what Paul was writing to Timothy about. Perhaps Timothy was feeling like he was just a “mop,” to be used to clean up the messes of life in his ministry. Perhaps he was having problems with those who wanted to be seen as the fine china of the church and wanted to be held in high regard because of the perceived position of honor they strived for. Perhaps you are experiencing the same thing today? Paul brings Timothy and us back to earth with his earthy reminder.
God’s house is large and there are many articles, people, not only of gold and silver, but also those earthy ones of wood and clay. God uses some for noble purposes and some for ignoble purposes, but all are used of God in His marvelous house the church. If we desire to be used for more “noble” purposes, then we have to realize whose house we belong to and live in. Now there is a thought! Few remember that the house of God is not built for them, no matter how the architect designed the physical building. The house of God is designed and used by and for Him alone. For His good pleasure is why we, His noble and ignoble, people serve.
Today dear child of God remember He knows your position in His house. God knows the purpose He has for you. Remember He told Jeremiah much the same thing: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11) Paul knew this as well and wanted Timothy to remember it. Do you?
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