Useful Vessel of Honor

Useful Vessel

As Christians, we desire to be useful vessels of honor. We live honorably by living according to His Word, walking in godliness and engaging in good deeds or acts of service.

Useful Word

Reading, studying and applying His Word will help us to live a useful honorable life.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” ~2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB

Useful Godliness

God says godliness with contentment is great gain which will aid us in living useful and content lives for the Lord.

“For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.” ~1 Timothy 4:8 AMPC

“Now in a large house there are not only vessels and objects of gold and silver, but also vessels and objects of wood and of earthenware, and some are for honorable (noble, good) use and some for dishonorable (ignoble, common). Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable – disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” ~2 Timothy 2:20-21

“We possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.” ~2 Corinthians 4:7 NASB

“For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~2 Peter 1:8 NASB

Useful Service

From the overflow of our relationship with the Lord, we will express His love to those around us through acts of service. Donna Reidland states, “Thinking about the price that was paid for us, so we could live, not just physically, but spiritually and eternally. Thankfully, we can’t and don’t have to ‘earn it,’ but we [need to] live in a way that shows our gratitude and is worthy of His great sacrifice.” I’m glad our usefulness to the Lord is not dependent on earning His love, but by receiving His love purchased for us by the Blood of Jesus on the Cross.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16 AMP

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” ~Romans 12:1-2 NASB

“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above – spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].” ~Ephesians 2:10 AMP

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” ~Colossians 3:23-24 NASB

This is a faithful and trustworthy saying; and concerning these things I want you to speak with great confidence, so that those who have believed God [that is, those who have trusted in, relied on, and accepted Christ Jesus as Savior,] will be careful to participate in doing good and honorable things. These things are excellent [in themselves] and profitable for the people.” ~Titus 3:8 AMP

Useful Insights

I appreciate these useful insights about God’s light, “It is biblically inconsistent to say that someone has been saved but has not changed. Many people go through the outward motions of giving their lives to Christ, but no lifestyle change follows. That is not real salvation but is a ‘dead’ faith. When you walk into a dark room and flip the switch, you expect light. If no light appears, you rightly assume something is wrong. It would be logically inconsistent to say that the light is on when the room is still pitch black. Light naturally dispels darkness.”

“When a dark heart receives the light of salvation, it is illuminated. Priorities change. Desires change. Outlook changes. Life is seen clearly for the first time. If the darkness of sin continues, we can rightly assume no light came on.”

“Although we cannot be saved by our good works, when we are saved, we will produce good works. Just as a baby will grow after birth, so a believer will grow after the new birth. We grow at different rates and in different ways, but a live birth results in growth. If a baby never grows, there is something very wrong. No one expects a baby to stay a baby forever. As he grows, the child begins to look more and more like his parents.”

“In the same way, after salvation, we grow, and we begin to look more and more like our Heavenly Father. This is only possible as we ‘abide in Him’ and allow Him to reproduce His character in us.” [GQ]

Useful Focus

Philippians helps us have useful focus for our daily outlook in intentional godly living.

“Whatever is true

Whatever is honorable

Whatever is right

Whatever is pure

Whatever is lovely

Whatever is of good repute

If there is any excellence

If anything worthy of praise

Dwell on these things.” ~Philippians 4:8 NASB

Recommendation:

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References:

11 Bible Verses about Useful Things. Retrieved February 17, 2022, from 11 Bible verses about Useful Things (knowing-jesus.com)

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Amplified Bible, Classis Edition (AMPC) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

What does it mean that good works are the result of salvation? Published by Got Questions [GQ]. Updated January 4, 2022. Retrieved February 17, 2022, from What does it mean that good works are the result of salvation? | GotQuestions.org

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10 thoughts on “Useful Vessel of Honor”

    1. I agree, Lisa. God puts desires within us to be of use to Him, then strengthens us to serve Him by the power of His Holy Spirit.

  1. Lisa, I so appreciate all the verses here that remind us how to keep our hearts and minds focused on Him. The way you highlight all the different “Usefuls” is really helpful! And Phil 4:8 is one of my life verses.

    1. Philippians 4:8 helps keep our heart centered in Him, Jeanne. I’m so thankful He leads and guides us – He is so Faithful!

  2. This reminds me of so many people who claim to be saved but have not changed their ways. You absolutely have to live honorably, there is no way around it. Thanks so much for sharing at the Exploring World Religions Linkup 18 so that we can better understand each other through our religion, faith, or beliefs. Pinned.

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