Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 19, 2021

“vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Timothy 2:20-22.

“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor.  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.  Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”  2 Timothy 2:20-22. 


Devotion is the theme of today’s Scripture.

We see household vessels of gold and silver devoted to honor.

We see one devoted to honor who cleanses himself from youthful lusts and who pursues righteousness. 

We see devotion in the description of him as one who calls on the Lord from a pure heart.

We also see other examples of devotion through Scripture.

“you shall devote to the LORD the first offspring of every womb, and the first offspring of every beast that you own;  the males belong to the LORD.”  Exodus 13:12.

“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised;  not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant.  …  Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.”  1 Kings 8:56 and 61.

“For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods;  and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been.”  1 Kings 11:4. 

“No one can serve two masters;  for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.”  Matthew 6:24.

“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  Acts 6:4.

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love;  give preference to one another in honor;  not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;  rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.”  Romans 12:10-13.

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;”  Colossians 4:2.

But, the theme of devotion should turn our attention to God, the Awesome Potter, Who is the One Who devotes one for “honorable use and another for common use”.

“Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?  What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:21-24.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 2 Peter 1:9. 


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