Suppose you wanted to use a vessel. What would you ensure first? Would you not want to make sure that the vessel is clean on the inside before using it? It is not uncommon for an individual to wash a glass or a cup before using it. Such a notion is mandatory. Whether the vessel was used before or not, it is our inclination to make sure it is clean before use.
In the same way, we, who are vessels unto God, should make sure that we are clean.
2 Timothy 2:21
If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Therefore it is necessary that one should make sure he is emptied of the world before he could even think of being filled with the things of God. A vessel cannot contain two different substances, or else it will contain contaminated goods. It has to be one or the other. Many vessels have been used for the wrong things and this is what degrades and destroys the vessel. It is time to be cleaned up. Remove the muck so that you can be a vessel of honour.
1 Thessalonians 4:4
That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
There are many vessels in the world today that are filled with things that are not honourable. And these things are destroying you. It is time to come clean. You can never be used by God if you are filled with things that displease Him!
Now, many of you might say, ‘I’ve messed up real bad. There’s no going back. Here’s a scripture that defines what situation you are in:
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
It doesn’t matter how broken or messed up you may be; God can still form you into a vessel of honour and purpose. God wants to use you, and He will pick you up from wherever you are and shape you into who you were meant to be.
Will you surrender to Him?