That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 1 Thessalonians 4:4
There are several places the bible refers to our bodies as vessels:
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:21
- Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7
As we all know when we die, our bodies decompose and go back to being simply dust. If we really stop to meditate on on our bodies- we realize that our bodies are temporary. We realize that our bodies are designed to hold our being only good enough for this life here on earth. The same with marriage, marriage is only for this world here. It is not for eternity, it is literally ‘until death do us apart’.
Our bodies were designed:
- to carry us through life
- to hold our organs
- to procreate
- for pleasure
- to serve as instruments in purpose
A dancers body is created to match that of a dancer: long lean muscle, agility and flexibility and grace. A basketball player as well, and many others who use their body as instruments of financial gain. And such is our body, because ultimately it has to be trained to please God. It is an instrument to bring glory to God.
The Bible refers to us humans oftentimes as vessels, and therefore we ought to meditate on the significance of this word.
- cutlery in the kings house
- instruments of offering in the temple of God
- Creation of the potter (masterpiece, works)
God uses this term vessel to exemplify how useful we are to be and how fragile we truly are. In the old times the highest most valuable use of vessels was that of gold, and silver which do not perish in the fire. Wood was valuable, but because it lacked endurance its value was less of precious metals. The positions which were of high esteem was the vessels used for the King’s use: drinking cup and utensils. The tabernacle and the temple also used vessels of gold and silver and precious woods as strict directions from God, so these were definitely worthy vessels: candle-holders, plates, rods, etc.
So for obvious reasons God calls us vessels. We are fragile and we should be instruments for his use.
God wants to use His people in serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
See, when Christ was on earth He did many works- he was a connoisseur of the word of God, he was a teacher, a healer, a spiritual liberator. Jesus was also a man of labor, he had a job! In other words, God has given us gifts and if you truly know Christ, you want your life to glorify God.
If you truly know God you want to bring glory and praise to His name.
You want to expand God’s kingdom.
Because of the increase immorality and visible temptations coming to believers and unbelievers alike, we have to guard our selves from sexual acts until the appropriate time: for the time that God decides to give us away in marriage. Otherwise we will be contaminated and undefiles, we will be wrinkled before God. We will be, as harsh as this sounds, useless to God.
But if they cannot control themselves, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 1 Corinthians 7:9
Lord Jesus, I pray for deeper revelation and deeper knowledge for all believers around the world. I pray that you would help us center our minds around you. Give us conviction to refocus our vision to the things above, and not merely those on earth. May we become those vessels of honor for your most honorable use, despite the cost we must pay in suffering. May the intentions of our hearts align to your will, In Jesus name, Amen.