In 1 Peter 2:5 (NIV), it reads.
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
God has three main houses, the house of prayer, the storehouse, and finally, a spiritual house, which is all of us.
We should all be on a journey where we are built into a spiritual house that can be used by God.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 (MEV), gives us another fitting example.
In a large house, there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some are for honor, and some for dishonor. One who cleanses himself from these things will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, fit for the Master’s use, and prepared for every good work.
As we mature in Christ, leaving behind our youthful desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with a pure heart, we will be able to cleanse and make ourselves ready for service.
Here we learn again that what we are preparing for is not to be of service to others, although noble in thought and action, but we are to be of service to God. To pray for one another to serve others in what God wants us to do.
What are we pursuing? Do we want to become vessels of gold and silver or wood and clay?
If we read the various bible translations of this passage, we will get a deeper meaning of what’s being said like this one from 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NIV).
In a large house, there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
Where are the desires of our hearts leading us?
Is it our desire to become vessels of God used for special purposes or those that are common?
In most of our homes, we have dining plates that we use every day, and dining plates commonly referred to as the “fine china” because they are more expensive, that get used only when certain guests arrive or on special occasions.
In like manner, we are similar vessels of gold, silver, wood, and clay. Some of us get used by God every day, and some of us God keeps and uses on special occasions.
What kind of vessel do you want to become?