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Meet For the Master’s Use

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Meet For the Master’s Use

by J. B. Lasater

In 2 Tim. 2:20-21, Paul describes vessels that may be found in a great house. Some are gold, silver (precious or valuable), and some are much less expensive—wood and earth. Some are to honor and some to dishonor. He then likens men to vessels in a house, varying in worth and character (honor or dishonor). He suggests that a man, by purging himself from the iniquities of the world may become a vessel of honor, portrayed as a valuable vessel of gold or silver in the great house of God. Not only would he be honorable and valuable; much more than this—he would be meet for the Master’s use.

It is interesting to consider this word meet for a moment.

This word is used in the Scriptures some twenty-five times as an adjective, meaning fit, suitable or appropriate. The dictionary gives this as one definition: adjective meaning suitable as to an occasion; adapted; fit; measured; appropriate; or becoming. Some examples are as follows:

The Lord said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make a help meet for him (Gen. 2:18-20). As Adam named the animals, birds, and beasts, the Bible says, "There was not found an help meet for him" (v. 20).

Please note this word in verses 18 and 20 is NOT meat. Some folks refer to Eve as Adam’s help meat. It seems that because she was flesh and bone they think of her as a help meat. This is not so! She was made a helper meet (suitable, appropriate, fitting in God’s eyes) for Adam as his wife or mate.

In Matt. 3:8 John told his audience to "bring forth fruits meet (appropriate or fitting) for repentance." In Matt. 15:26 and Mark 7:27 Jesus said, "It is not meet to give the children’s bread to dogs."

In our text (2 Tim. 2:21) men having been purged are vessels unto honor, sanctified and meet (suitable, fitting) for the Master’s use.

The great house of God was then, and is now, in need of many such vessels of gold and silver—meet for the Master’s use. He that would be such a vessel, will separate himself from all things displeasing to God. Paul makes such a comparison in 2 Cor. 6:16-18 (the temple of God with idols), "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." Abraham (Heb. 11:8), and Moses (Heb. 11:24-25) are good examples of such separation.

To become a vessel of gold or silver one must love God fully and completely. Only then will we be meet for His use. This implies we must be fully converted to Him and His work. Peter, at one time thought he was thusly ready, but, as Jesus foretold him, he denied the Lord. Jesus told him, "When you are converted, strengthen thy brethren." It seems to me there are many cases when "Christians" need to be "converted"—I mean completely, and come out completely from among those of the world and be separate from them to serve God acceptably.

The person who places himself at God’s disposal must have the attitude shown by Jesus as he prayed..."If Thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine be done" (Luke 22:42). This same attitude is expressed in Phil. 2:8; "...and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Some folks cannot become these vessels of honor because they are not prepared—just as Peter was not ready. There must be much preparation for that task ahead. Paul suggested such preparation in the Christian’s armor. He said our feet must be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15). The parable in Matt. 25 of the ten virgins illustrates this preparation very well. The wise were prepared for that occasion; the foolish did not make necessary preparation. Each was rewarded accordingly.

In order for us to be meet for the Master’s use, we must be skilled in the use of all the defensive armor—the Christian’s armor, and the only offensive weapon...the Sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God. If we don’t believe it (are not fully converted), or if we don’t know it, or if we are not skilled in its use, we are helpless before the enemy.

David, before meeting Goliath, laid aside King Saul’s armor and sword because he had not proven them. He was not skilled in the proper use of them. Goliath, his enemy, was an old, experienced soldier, very skilled. David chose instead his trusty sling with which he was very skilled.

Was there anything wrong with Saul’s armor or sword? I would think that he, being king, would have had the very best metal available to the smiths who made them. David just did not know how to use them. This is the position of Christians who are not "shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." —HC 63 Box 73A1, Mullin, TX 76864



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