IN THE FIRST CENTURY MOTHER DIDN’T HAVE PLUMBING, so vessels (containers) were used for many different purposes. Certain vessels were honorable, set aside for drinking water or for food; others were dishonorable, & used to collect garbage, or other waste. Mom would never confuse these different vessels, and she certainly wouldn’t mix their uses. (2 Tim. 2) Paul is reminding Timothy to stay pure. Once a pot was used for garbage, it would be a vessel of dishonor, not fit for higher uses. We need to make certain that we are vessels of honor, pure and fit for the Master’s use.