But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
Is it possible for a vessel to be in the great house and not be useful to the Master?
Who is responsible for getting the vessel (man) clean?
An honorable vessel is :
Sanctified (thoroughly clean, set aside, 2Corinthians 7:1)
Useful (profitable, conditioned for its purpose)
Prepared (internal fitness, skilled, in good repair)
Fit for the Master's use. Every parable about the Master holding His servants accountable when He returns is about the ensuing fitness for His use in the coming kingdom. We are being groomed for His consumption.
Stir up your gift, my brothers, for your usefulness to the King depends upon it:
But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
Fit = G2111 From eu and tithēmi = well-place, suited for, adapted to. "The first case is that of inconsiderate impulse, the second that of conflicting duties, the third that of a divided mind" (F.F. Bruce)
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him (1) deny himself, and (2) take up his cross, and (3) follow Me.
1 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
2 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
3 -> For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming (or "appear") in His kingdom."
For = G1063 Properly assigning a reason (used in argument or explanation)