Paper Cup or Silver Chalice?


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What has more value? A paper cup or a silver chalice? A silver chalice certainly costs more but is it more valuable? Which one would you take on a camping trip? Before going further, let's consider this from a Biblical perspective.

Scripture speaks of vessels of gold and silver and of those of wood and clay. Both can be valuable depending on their use. A silver vessel may be used to dishonor just as well as a clay vessel may be used to honor. For example, a silver chalice that is filled with filled with warm saltwater is less valuable than a paper cup filled with cool fresh water to a thirsty man. The contents are what determines the worth. "...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." 1 Samuel 17:7

Ponder the following verses:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

The treasure spoken of in this verse is the Gospel of Christ. The earthen vessel is our weak human body. When that body is yielded to God, the inner power and glory is manifested, and people see Christ in us. We are simply the vessel which contains the real treasure "...which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" (Colossians 1:27).

Next, “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 honor, and some to dishonor.” (2 Timothy 2:20). “For the body is not one member, but many.” (1 Corinthians 12:14). “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” (1 Corinthians 12:18). “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

The great house spoken of is comparable to the body of Christ, the true church. Within the church there are many vessels or different types of ministers. Some people have very prominent public ministries (these are the vessels of gold and silver), while others serve in the background, barely noticed or acknowledged (these are vessels of wood and clay). All the vessels are useful unto honor when yielded to the Holy Spirit. Those vessels that are not yielded are not honorable nor useful to God. Whether we are gold, silver, wood or clay, God is the one who has made us that way. Be yielded to Him and He will use you honorably. Don't worry about what kind of vessel you are, whether a silver chalice or a paper cup. Your duty is to make sure you are filled to overflowing with the treasure within.

His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12:9).

“That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus...That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:29-31).