One of the most powerful things we have the privilege of obtaining as Christians is God’s immeasurable grace. The price Jesus paid is, and will forever be, the greatest example of His love and grace toward us. God gave everything He had when He knew all along we didn’t deserve it.
He’d already given us life itself, and dominion over the earth, wasn’t that enough? Hadn’t the God of all creation done more than enough just to consider giving us this life? I thank God every day for this perfect expression of His love.
Sometimes, the perception of the grace of God can be misused because it is so endless. Many Christians fight with this saying, “If His grace is endless, why not live in the flesh and enjoy the lusts the world has to offer? If He’s forgiven everything I’ve done, and will do, why live righteously?”
It’s true that we are saved by grace, not works, and therefore you can’t be unsaved by works if you didn’t get saved by them. However, our actions and character have a direct effect on our lives just the same. These consequences aren’t necessarily God intervening, but the natural law of reaping what you’ve sown.
being a vessel
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also [utensils] of wood and earthenware, and some for honorable and noble [use] and some for menial and ignoble [use]. So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work,” (2 Timothy 2:20-21).
As I came across this scripture, the relation to His grace and our character strummed a collective chord in me. In this house, Paul writes that there are vessels of gold and silver, some of wood and earth. In today’s terms, these could be silverware, cups, plates, etc. Some are used for washing or cleaning, while some are used for serving, and others used only on the most special occasions or for honored guests.
Imagine now that the house is the Kingdom of God. Jesus is the man running the house and preparing it for His honored guests. We are His tools: the plates He serves the Word on, His silverware used to dig into and consume the Word, His table and chairs to make the guests comfortable.
The next part of the verse says “some to honour, and some to dishonor.” So, although some of us may be a golden goblet, others may be the trash can. Is the trash can needed? Is it important? Yes! The kingdom needs the trashcan, but I’d rather strive for the highest possible place for God to use me. I’d rather be a tool on the forefront, ready and willing to impress and honor our guests!
If we purge ourselves from dishonor, live with the character and standard of righteousness, and don’t take God’s grace for granted, we will be used as honorable vessels. God will put us in a position of honor to be an important instrument to minister to His guests.
Even though His grace is more than enough to cover any multitude of sin and nothing we do can will ever fully separate us from His love, our choices and actions do affect our lives. Is it still okay to be a trashcan? In the Kingdom, yes! God loves every person, at every level, unconditionally. But He can’t help but to honor those who honor Him by choosing to strive for holiness. He can’t sit still when He sees one of His children decide to be more like Him.
So, let’s work out the dirt, and let the gold shine through. Choose to be a tool of honor, and watch what God does with your life!
–By Bryan Eggers, Music Director, Harvest Barn Church Praise Team