Vessels Of Gold & Silver
Weave In Faith And God Will Find The Thread ~
I love to take long walks through our neighborhood. I love the tranquility that always accompanies me. Often, I have my little Sophie along and we enjoy the bird song and the flowers along the way.
On one of my walks this week, I enjoyed thinking of our wonderful, amazing God and his lovely creations. My thoughts were turned to some verses I had read in Timothy. I wanted to share these thoughts and hope they can be an encouragement to you as well.
My thoughts the past few days have been on my Bible study of 2 Timothy.
I love to read in Timothy, because I love the thought of a wise and wonderful friend like Paul writing to his beloved, younger friend Timothy. I love to think of their relationship and how they seem very connected through their faith in God. It is such a wonderful thing to experience friendship through eyes of faith. It is so much richer and deeper than a friendship based solely on temporal things.
This verse 15 in the second chapter is very dear to me.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” I like to think of the diligence that Paul is calling Timothy to and how this applies to my own life as well. I need to be earnest and diligent in my walk with God…to seek His approval. There is a hymn that we often sing at our place of worship on Sunday…It says…”When tested, tried I’m satisfied I shall come forth as gold.” I want to be that gold that is pure. I want my motives to be pure…my heart to be pure. I want to be able to face the daily struggles and trials of this human life, through eyes of faith. I want to be a workman who is approved by God himself, to measure myself by his unchanging word.
True silver and gold have a purity. They endure fire and are solid.
I love that verse in 2 Timothy 2:20.
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.”
I thought of dry wood and how it is easily burned and destroyed. Earthly things have no spiritual mindedness…there is nothing eternal in earthly things. I thought of these two kinds of vessels gold/silver and wood/earth. I thought about the different vessels in my own home and their uses. I thought what we put into a vessel determines what kind of a vessel it is. Paper plates are used once and thrown away. Fine china is used, washed and reused. A water glass holds something vital to life, while a toilet bowl holds refuse or waste. A bread basket holds bread, something that nourishes the body. A waste basket holds trash, to be thrown away. I need to be careful what I allow into my life…be careful what I spend my precious hours on. Being careful to tuck up treasures in heaven and not upon this earth. After all, this earth is NOT my home, I am just passing through. I want to be a bread basket…NOT a waste basket.
I enjoyed thinking of that verse in Mark 4:24 where Jesus was speaking. He said “Take heed what you hear…” I need to be very careful what I listen to. I need to also be sure that I know the voice of Jesus…that I can recognize that still small voice and heed it each and every day.
In Psalm 103:3 The Psalmist says that we should set no wicked things before our eyes. I need to be very careful what I look upon. A vase and a toilet bowl can both be made of ceramic. What makes them what they are is what fills them. What am I looking to each day? What am I filling myself with? I want to be filled with those things that are lovely and pure and acceptable in the eyes of God. I want to be found faithful in guarding my thoughts, my eyes, my ears and my mouth.
I love that verse in Romans 8:6, where it says to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. I long to be a woman after God’s own heart. May this be my portion…to be a bread basket and not a waste basket.
I hope you all have a lovely day.
Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie